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Marti OK’d for major role in city community colleges

Queensborough Community College President Eduardo Marti has been named vice chancellor for the city’s community colleges, the City University of New York’s board of trustees announced this week.

Marti, who has served as Queensborough’s leader for a decade, was appointed to the newly created position Tuesday.

“Marti brings to the new position a quarter of a century of exemplary leadership at a time when the national administration is focused on the expansion of community college education and CUNY is in the forefront of community college reform,” said Matthew Goldstein, chancellor of CUNY.

There had been speculation that Marti would leave Queensborough to serve in a higher position within CUNY’s system, but his appointment was made official this week.

“As someone who witnessed the empowerment of so many through the establishment of financial aid as Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as someone who has witnessed the growth and maturing of our sector of higher education, as someone who is proud of being part of the educational renaissance of CUNY, I am delighted and honored to serve on Chancellor Goldstein’s team at this important time for the CUNY community colleges,” Marti said.

Marti fled Fidel Castro’s Cuba in 1960 and began his teaching career in 1966.

He served as the president of the State University of New York’s Corning Community College as well as at Tompkins-Cortland Community College before coming to Queensborough in 2000.

The CUNY system has 23 schools across the five boroughs. Its community colleges include Queensborough and LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City. Two of its senior colleges, Flushing’s Queens College and Jamaica’s York College, are also in the borough.

Reach reporter Nathan Duke by e-mail at nduke@cnglocal.com or by phone at 718-260-4566.

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