Queensborough Community College President Eduardo Marti may be leaving the Bayside school to take a higher position within the City University of New York, according to sources familiar with the university system.
At the school’s recent commencement ceremony, Borough President Helen Marshall announced that Marti, who has been the president of Queensborough for the past 10 years, had been named deputy chancellor of the city’s community colleges.
Neither Queensborough nor CUNY would confirm whether Marti had been offered the post.
Rita Rodin, a spokeswoman for CUNY, said any personnel changes within the community college system would be voted on by its board of trustees at a June 28 meeting. She would not comment on whether Marti would be replaced as president at Queensborough.
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.
“President Eduardo J. Marti is held in very high regard at CUNY,” a statement from Queensborough said. “CUNY’s leadership is exploring options to further build on President Marti’s exemplary record of achievement.”
At QCC’s June 4 graduation, Marshall said Marti had promoted “peace and learning” during his tenure at the school and told the crowd that the president would soon be named the “deputy chancellor of community colleges for the entire city.”
State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) presented a proclamation to Marti from the legislative body for his work with the school, which is at 222-05 56th Ave. in Bayside.
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 email@example.com or by phone at 718-260-4566.
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