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A Message from President José Luis Cruz

August 15, 2016Lehman College President Dr. José Luis Cruz

Today is a day to reflect on the impressive accomplishments achieved by Lehman College under the steady leadership and careful stewardship of President Ricardo R. Fernández. It is also a day to acknowledge the start of the College's third presidency—a presidency that I assume with a strong sense of Lehman's standing as the most important, mission-critical senior college of The City University of New York. I fully acknowledge, and have a great appreciation for, the College's distinguished history of transforming lives through education and civic engagement; and I know this history is a result of the work and dedication of the entire Lehman College community.

I very much look forward to working with the internal and external campus community to advance the College's noble mission. I am confident that in the years to come, our intentional and concerted efforts will help expand Lehman's influence, increase its impact, and ensure that it reaches its full potential as an engine of opportunity. In doing so, Lehman College will continue to honor the legacy of our esteemed namesake, Herbert H. Lehman, an internationalist and public servant, who dedicated his life to advocating for the right of immigrants, the disenfranchised, and the downtrodden to fully and productively engage in our democracy.

I am committed to the hard, important work that lies ahead and invite you to allow yourself to be inspired by exploring the success stories of our award-winning students, dedicated faculty, and the more than 65,000 proud Lehman alumni, on this, our new redesigned website.


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