Felix Matos Rodriguez


Board of Advisors

Félix V. Matos Rodriguez became the tenth president of Queens College of the City University of New York in August 2014 after five years as president of Hostos Community College, CUNY. His career spans both academia and the public sector: from 2006 to 2008, Matos Rodriguez served as Puerto Rico’s cabinet secretary to the Department of Family Services. A native of Puerto Rico, he is a cum laude graduate in Latin American Studies from Yale University and received his PhD in history from Columbia University. Matos Rodriguez has published extensively and taught in the fields of Women’s, Puerto Rican, Caribbean and Latino Studies and Migration. At Hunter College, CUNY, he also directed its nationally renowned Center for Puerto Rican Studies. Matos Rodriguez, who served as Grand Marshal of the 2012 Puerto Rican Day Parade, has received numerous awards and honors including the Citizens Union Community Leadership Award and ASPIRA of New York Circle of Achievers Award. He is married to Dr. Liliana M. Arabia, a dentist, and they have two sons: Lucas and Juan Carlos.