Dr. José Luis Cruz is President of Lehman College of The City University of New York. Dr. Cruz was appointed as Lehman's third President by the CUNY Board of Trustees in June 2016 and began his tenure on August 15, 2016. Prior to his appointment at CUNY, President Cruz served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at California State University, Fullerton; Vice President of Higher Education Policy and Practice at The Education Trust in Washington, D.C.; Vice President for Student Affairs of the University of Puerto Rico system; and Chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and Dean of Academic Affairs at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez.
He is a board member of The Education Trust, a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a past recipient of the National Science Foundation Career Award, and a patented inventor. He graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez and earned master's and doctorate degrees in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. President Cruz is a national leader in and advocate for inclusive excellence and student-focused, equity-driven higher education policies and practices.