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Lehman College: City University of New York
October 12, 2016

A Message from Lehman College President José Luis Cruz

The Fall 2016 semester is now in full swing. It is great to witness how our students, faculty, and staff are as focused and committed to the job at hand as I am excited to be a part of this remarkable campus community. Each week brings a new opportunity to spread the word about our vision and our mission, to meet more dedicated faculty, staff, and administrators, and to welcome new and old friends back to campus. Below are some highlights of what has transpired over the past three weeks.


September 21 was a day that I will not soon forget. It was an occasion to review the year that was; a time to celebrate the work of our colleagues; and an opportunity for me to share with you what I have learned about the character and aspirations of this noble institution and outline some priorities for the next year. View Video

Shared Governance

As I noted at Convocation, the volume and complexity of the work ahead of us calls for the coherence of our actions and the intensification of our efforts. Therefore, I have made a point of looking for opportunities to strengthen the connections among the agendas of the various administrative and deliberative bodies that guide and fuel our collective efforts. I am now in the process of reflecting on what I have learned from my participation to date in meetings of the General Faculty, Faculty Personnel and Budget Committee, College Senate, President's Cabinet, Council of Presidents, and CUNY Board of Trustees; and look forward to sharing my ideas with you soon. In the meantime, I invite you to review the CUNY 2016-2020 Master Plan that was recently approved by the CUNY Board of Trustees, as it will have implications on the strategic context in which we will operate. View Plan

Public Affairs

At Convocation, I stated that one of our priorities for this academic year is to work with elected officials and advocacy groups to secure additional investments from the public sector and explore the feasibility of entering into public/private partnerships to address some of our more pressing needs. To this end, on September 20, I attended the unveiling of the special Bronx issue of City & State, an important bi-monthly publication that covers politics for the entire Empire State, with Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz, Jr. at the Hard Rock Café at Yankee Stadium. The theme of the issue was "the future of the Bronx." In a special Op-Ed I wrote for the issue, I discussed how the futures of Lehman College and the borough it calls home are inherently linked. View Article.

Furthermore, over the last few weeks, I have continued to meet with our elected officials, including Bronx Borough President Díaz, Assembly Member Marcos A. Crespo, Assembly Member Victor M. Pichardo, Assembly Member José Rivera, Council Member James Vacca, and Council Member Fernando Cabrera. In these meetings, we have engaged in fruitful discussions regarding Lehman College's legislative and capital budget priorities and the vital role our College plays in the intellectual, cultural, and economic life of the Bronx, the City, and the State.

Student Engagement

Since Convocation, I have had the occasion to meet formally and informally with many of Lehman College's inspiring students. On September 22, I met with the College's National Society of Black Engineers, learning about their individual interests and aspirations, about their past and future activities, and their many accomplishments. A few days later, on September 28, I was pleased to join the CUNY Votes campaign helping our students in their efforts to register their fellow students to vote in the upcoming Presidential election. And to cap things off, on October 1, I was thrilled to attend the Fall 2016 Student Leadership Retreat, where I learned much about the concerns and aspirations of our student leaders and was inspired by their energy and positive outlook on the academic year ahead. The academic year is off to a great start, indeed.


José Luis Cruz, Ph.D.
President, Lehman College
The City University of New York