August 1st, 2020 at Guttman Community College marks the first day in office for Interim President Doris Cintrón. The CUNY Board of Trustees approved Dr. Cintrón’s appointment at a meeting in May. She is assuming office from Founding President Scott E. Evenbeck, who announced his retirement last December.
The overarching focus of Dr. Cintrón’s professional work is the empowerment of disenfranchised communities, in both formal and non-formal educational settings, both nationally and internationally. After her appointment by the Board of Trustees, Dr. Cintrón said, “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.”
Dr. Cintrón comes to Guttman after a distinguished career at The City College of New York (CUNY). Most recently, she served there for 8 years as the Senior Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, Accreditation, and Assessment. Before that appointment, she was Associate Dean of the School of Education, where she led the Bilingual Education program. A creative and entrepreneurial educator, Dr. Cintrón was instrumental in spearheading the developing of multiple master’s degree programs at City College.
A prodigious winner of federal, state, and private grants, Dr. Cintrón has leveraged millions of dollars in external funding to support the development of highly qualified teachers for urban schools with high percentages of linguistically diverse student populations, as well as the preparation of middle and high school students to enter STEM majors in college.
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.