At its meeting this afternoon, the CUNY Board of Trustees approved the appointment of Dr. Doris Cintrón to serve as the Interim President of Stella and Charles Guttman Community College. She will assume the post on August 1, 2020.
Dr. Cintrón says, “It is an honor and a privilege to be appointed Guttman Community College’s interim President. I am humbled by the trust placed in me, and I am excited by the opportunity to lead. President Evenbeck’s tireless leadership and the inspired work of the College’s faculty and staff have secured a strong foundation for continued growth, accessibility, enhancement and delivery of a challenging and vibrant student experience.”
Founding President Scott Evenbeck announced his retirement in December, and he is thrilled about the University’s appointment of Dr. Cintrón as the interim president. Evenbeck says, “I look forward to working with Dr. Cintrón and to ensuring a smooth transition that will serve her, the students, and our College well.” He cites her “wide range of administrative experience and leadership, her scholarly expertise in bilingual education, her deep appreciation for assessment, and her proven ability to attract funding will be of tremendous benefit to the College.”
Dr. Cintrón is an experienced academic leader, having served as an administrator at City College since 1994. She was the acting Dean and Associate Dean of the School of Education from 2003 through 2012, and led the school’s Bilingual Education program. Since becoming the college’s Senior Associate Provost in 2012, she also served as Interim Dean of the Division of Humanities and the Arts. Prior to joining City College’s faculty Dr. Cintrón was an instructor at Columbia University’s Teachers College, where she also served as director of the Multicultural Educational Leadership Program. The overarching focus of Dr. Cintrón’s professional work has been the empowerment of disenfranchised communities, in both formal and non-formal educational settings, both nationally and internationally.
Born in Puerto Rico and raised in the Bronx, Dr. Cintrón has a master’s and a doctorate in Education from Teachers College at Columbia University; and a master’s of science in Guidance and Counseling and a bachelor’s in English and Comparative Literature from City College.
Stella and Charles Guttman Community College is CUNY’s first new community college since 1971. Planning began in 2008; Scott Evenbeck, the founding president, was appointed in January 2011, and the College opened its doors to an inaugural class of 289 students on August 20, 2012. Guttman offers associate degree programs in an innovative model emphasizing experiential education, learning communities and instructional teams, and a commitment to providing rigorous academic challenge, attentive support, and inclusive excellence. Guttman is a Hispanic-Serving Institution, with a current enrollment of 1,030 students (as of Fall 2019). Guttman was ranked as the best community college in America for 2020 by Niche.com.
The City University of New York is the nation’s largest urban public university, a transformative engine of social mobility that is a critical component of the lifeblood of New York City. Founded in 1847 as the nation’s first free public institution of higher education, CUNY today has seven community colleges, 11 senior colleges and seven graduate or professional institutions spread across New York City’s five boroughs, serving 500,000 students of all ages and awarding 55,000 degrees each year. CUNY’s mix of quality and affordability propels almost six times as many low-income students into the middle class and beyond as all the Ivy League colleges combined. More than 80 percent of the University’s graduates stay in New York, contributing to all aspects of the city’s economic, civic and cultural life and diversifying the city’s workforce in every sector. CUNY’s graduates and faculty have received many prestigious honors, including 13 Nobel Prizes and 26 MacArthur “Genius” Grants. The University’s historic mission continues to this day: provide a first-rate public education to all students, regardless of means or background.