Lehman Today Online Magazine Lehman Today Spring 2016 - Page 14

MAKING OF A PRESIDENT On September 1, 1990 Dr. Ricardo R. Fernández became the second President in the history of Lehman College— the first Latino to become a President of a senior college in New York City or State. At the time, few could have known that it was the beginning of a new era—one that would last twenty-six years and come to define both the College and the man. When the CUNY Board of Trustees ratified his selection in June 1990, he was an assistant vi 6R66V"FRff6RbFRf6P66V"b6FV֖2ff'2BFRVfW'6Gbv666֖vVVRR'&fVBFR'&g&FR&FvW"7FFRvW&PRBƗfVBBv&VBfbB66R'&frFRVFV@7FFW22VFW&w&GVFR7GVFVBg&2R6VVW'F&62FRFW7BbF&VR&2Rv2VBf"2fFW"&6&FfW&:FWv&<:BƖRWV7FVBF&V6RF7F"PGFVFVB&ƖwV6FƖ2w&FR666V( G6P6W'6W2vW&RFVvB76FW'2VvƗ6( FB7G'VvvV@27GVFVB'F7V&ǒvFFgFW"fgFw&FRRBFGFVB7VW"66'WBFRF6W'6Rv2FVvB76BRFBvV2&&VR6F66fW&VBv6( BF@v2VvƗ6( FBv2גf'7Bv&VW72FBVVFVBF7FW ג6V6BwVvRVvƗ6F7V66VVB66( R6Bࠤrb$U4DT@FR7BFBvVBvF'VWGFRF( R6B( FR֖vVVP'&fW2vW&RvVv&V6W6RFWBFVfVFVBFRWr&VW2FRSrv&B6W&W2Bv2גfRb&6V&F@VBRFFRWW"֖GvW7B( ФFVvfW&:FWv266WFVBFvV&vRv6wFVfW'6GVF666( F2fFW.( 2FW.( FR&VƗV@FBvVB6RF2&RVB7GVFW2( גV'Bv2@B( 7FVBgFW"w&GVFrvF"6@6V֗7G'֖"R7FVBB'VWGFRV&rখ76ƗFW&GW&RBv2FW&RFBRWB2gWGW&RvfRG&6vv267GVFVBB'VWGFRFR6WR'&V@cRBfVBF&6WFWrW'6WvW&RfW&:FWB&VV66WFVBF&6WF( 2F7F&&w&&6PwVvW2cR&WGW&VBF֖vVVRvW&RRv2&V@27G'V7F"b76B'VWGFRgFW"GvV'2FW&RR6WFVB2F76W'FF7V&fVƗ7BV6'VFW"&V6Vfr2BV'sगBv2֖vVVRFBfW&:FWf'7BvBffVBvFFRVGV6FVVG2bFR6F6VG( Ēv0fFVBFw&W26VVrF7&VFR'GVFW2f"WF&fR6FF2f"727GVFVG2FR6G( 2662B7&V6RFRV&W"bF2GFVFrFR6G( 2V&Ɩ0FRWr&W6FVBvF2f֖ǒg&VgB&6&FFVF2vfRG&6FfBB<:g&B7F&W"ࠦWF6GwVvR7V6FU4B&ƖwVVGV6F( v@FVw&FVBגGvFV6FW2r6VV֖vǒF7&FR6WB`WW&V6W2FBRWג&fW76&6w&VB2FW6&PF7&VFRBWB'GVFW2&VbbF6Rf"vV&Ɩ27FGWF2FRǒVvgVFF6VvRFVw&VR( ЦR6BBv2FBWW&V6RBFfFFBvVBV&ЧFR&vBF&V6RfƗ7BBVFFVǒFR6V6B&W6FV@bV6VvRࠦff6W'26B&BvV"FRV&ǒ&rW'26RV&Ɩ0ff62BWfVfWr5TF֖7G&F'2FVFVBF@7GVFVG2&R7W7VFVB"WVVB&W6FVBfW&:FWvWfW"BFW"FV2GW&r26fW'6F2vFFR7GVFVG2FWBF67W76VBfV6RB6fF6&VFV6R2WF@b&FW7B( FWFBRFWB7GVFVB'FWFW"r66VBFV&WB6VƖ6( ( GFRWF"b'VV&f"&F62BVW"6VG&v旦~( B@( FWVBBRB6V@( v( 2FC( ( Х6VrFR'GVGFGW&FR7&62FFV6pWW&V6R&W6FVBfW&:FWVvFFVBvFFR'&BB7VvvW7FVBFB7FV@bFrFRFR'&W7FV@7GVFVG2FFV"Wv&V6RBFw&FRWvR&W6V&6W"6fF6&VFV6RBvW&RvfV࠮( ėBv2fW'FV6RV.( ФfW&:FWB2f֖ǒfVBFWr&6GBFRvV&FFR6GB&vRBFR'&vW&R7G'VvvƖrFRFP26r6W&W2bv&fR7&W2FBFRF( F@FW&F( FVFƖW27V62FR6VG&&vvW"GF6BFRW&FW"bW6Vbv2&6FV62vW&R&Ɩr@FRE2B7&6WFV֖72BFW7G&VBFW6G2bƗfW2FR'&'F7V"B&VV7VffW&rg&v7&R@ƗF6VvV7Bf"FV6FW2( ėB6VVVBFRFBWr&v06GWBb6G&BFRFR( 6BfW&:FW&W6FVBfW&:FWVgBvF&W'FW2FRFW"bV7GVFVBVƖ6W6"vWBG"&Br&W&vB7V&2ࠥ&W6FVBfW&:FWFG&W76W27G&W'2WG6FR6W7FW"&ࠤ&Vvr6WfVFw&FRRGFVFVB6Vv6v6FP&2&ƖwVW7VB&W66R6F66RFRW7VBGF( FV266'&R6VF֖BVF&G( FBFWfFVB6VbF27GVFW2fƖpfRvFFR67672ƖRFRƖBBFRG76W7626W7V&RBWG'Fw&FRR&VvF7GVGFBBV6ǒ&V6R2ff&FR7V&V7B( Ēv26v@BBFB'FRFRv2V"v2GWF&r6Rbא676FW2( R6BࠧVfW'6G6W2( R6BFRfbsR&W6vVBg&Ц27BB'VWGFRB&V6RFRF&V7F"bFR767VrWG&V67FGWFR54BFRVfW'6Gbv666֖vVVRW72FV"FRF7GVFVBVF@Ur֖vVVR6&VBࠤfW&:FWvFVBFGFVB6VvRFRVFVB7FFW2'W@v6( B7W&RvW&RFǒFV6W"B7VvvW7FVBFR֖GvW7@'WBvV676FRf&VBFB'VWGFRVfW'6Gv2֖vVV^( GFVRb&6V&( 2֖vVVR'&fW>( @fW&:FW66R26VvFRFW7FF&vBFV( ĒFV6FVBࠣ VFFr&626&VW"G&V7F'fW&:FWg&VVǒF֗G0FB26&VW"fvVBG&FF6W'6R( ĒBWfW VB6V"VfW'6GF֖7G&FfR7B7V62FW'FV@6"FV"&f7B( R6B2GvVGV'2v666fW&:FWvVBg&&Vrf7VGV&W"FFRF&V7F"`546vǒ6Ɩ&rFRF֖7G&FfRFFW"BV&rF P&W2b6FV֖2ƗF72R6vVB2fVBb7GVG@&V6Rf7VGV&W"FR66bVGV6FBUt֖vVVRBFR&6W7266"VGV6FƖ72f'7BV"FR"ffW&VB&W7FS7FVBBv2&F6'f&R&6FW&Rv2FRV7V&RG&vVGbV6F( FVFW&w&GVFR7GVFVBvv2VB'7G&'VWBf&VBg&76rBG&26R&7F6VBvFFPV( 2vV( 26gF&FVFR6WFfVBFVFW&Pv2'VFvWB7WBBGVFW2FB7&VBVfW'6GvFPGW&7&72VW&W25T6W6W26VFrVख&FgFW"6F( 2FVF7GVFVG267WV@6W7FW"6&BvWBF7W&R676W06VBvfW&:FWBFRF'2FFRW62'VFr@Ff2&VfVB&WfVFrFR7G&W'2g&6rFW 7GVFVG2WB'WBvWfW"FV6RFR6GVF&V6RRW@FRƖRb6V6FVvFFR&FW7F'2( Ēv2@vF7VFFR7GVFVG2( R&V6VB( BFBFR&pFffW&V6R( ХFRV&W7BvVBf"GvvVV25Tff62vB6W'@&FW"&WV&rFR7GVFVG2Ff6FRV&Ɩ2'VFw2vP7BVgBFVV7GVFVG2&VgW6VBfW&:FW&VV7FFǐ6VBFRƖ6RBFRGvVfRvW&R'&W7FVB'3Ɩ6PFR&W6FVB&fRBFRVrbFRUCV6VvRG&2&RB&6RfvW"vF&W6FVBfW&:FWBVGv6VFFRFVWV7WFfRF&V7F"bFRV6VvPfVFFFR2FRfvW"FVG&R2VBFV""ࠦ&VFrƗ7Bb&2B'F6W2''FWFW"rvFBƖ6RfV7v&W6FVBfW&:FWvVBFVWFRV6R6fRFR7GVFVG2g&frƖ6R&V6&B@Vf&6RFRVGV6F&6W2BFRV'BbV6Vv^( 0֗76F&VvWBFR2FR7&6W2vVBVW6֖rPFW&Rv2FW"'VFvWB7WBg&&FB7&VFVBf66VW&vV7&W7VFrf&6VBfg2bf7VGB7Ffb7&70FRVfW'6G'WB&FW"FfrFR6fVFv6F`( 7B&VBf'7Bf&VB( fW&:FWFVBF66RGvFW'FVG366VGV6FB6FV֖262FR6Vv^( 2&VVFFVB( ĒFF( BvBF6RFRVvW"BFVFVB&V6VB&W2( ЦRWVB( FF6vVBfR&W7VFVB6rVF&PvVW&Fbf7VG( vRFW6RfW2vW&R6G&fW'6BFPVFF0