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We are delighted to have Dr. Eduardo Martí to present the keynote address. 

 

EDUARDO MARTÍ has recently authored an introspective book entitled "America's Broken Promise", in which he examines and identifies how community colleges have multiple, difficult, and often competing missions, particularly surrounding access and achievement rates. He reminds us that a very high percentage of students entering the community college "open door" are neither college ready nor intent upon graduation. He then critically traces the development of their unique role in American society, differentiates them from selective-achievement institutions, and maps out new ways these institutions can and must come closer to fulfilling their achievement promise.

 

Dr. Martí served as interim President of Bronx Community College and as Vice Chancellor for Community Colleges of the City University of New York, and is president emeritus Queensborough Community College. Prior to his experience in NYC, he served as President of Corning Community College of the State University of New York (SUNY), and as President of SUNY’s Tompkins Cortland Community College.  Dr. Martí also served as Executive Dean of Tunxis Community College (Campus CEO, CAO) and Acting President of Middlesex Community College, both located in Connecticut.

 

An advocate for high standards and the traditional values of education, Dr. Martí serves on the Board of Trustees of Teachers College at Columbia University, as a member of the Board of Governors of the Council for Aid to Education, and as a member of the Board of Directors of Gateway to College.  Previously, he served as a member of NYS Governor’s Commission on Educational Reform, and on The College Board’s Advisory Board on Community Colleges as well as the Community College Research Center Advisory Board of Teachers College at Columbia University.  Additionally, he served as Chair of the Board for the Hispanic Educational Technology Services (HETS).

 

Having previously served on the Board of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), he was elected once again in March 2009-11.  He was elected as a member of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education in October 2010.  In 2011, he was appointed by Mayor Bloomberg to serve on the Panel for Educational Policy of the NYC Department of Education.

 

Three times a graduate of New York University, Dr. Martí holds the Bachelor of Arts, Master of Science, and Ph.D. degrees in biology from the institution.  He is the recipient of the Founders Day Award from New York University and was chosen as the recipient of the New York University Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in November 2007.  In October 2008, the New York Post honored Dr. Martí with their Liberty Medal Award as a champion of human rights.  He was previously named to the Honor Roll of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges.

 

As the recipient of a Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad award, he spent June 2004 traveling in China with leaders of minority-serving institutions.

 

Dr. Martí retired to Cape Cod and lives with his wife Patricia.  He has three grown children, Julie, Emily, and Jason, and four grandchildren, Jelani, Laila, Ruby, and Rose.

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