Carlos Hernández, PhD, previously served as president of New Jersey City University for 19 years and in 2012 was named president emeritus of the university. Under his leadership, the university expanded its scope, underscored its urban mission, and attained university designation on May 29, 1998. Hernández also served in various capacities at the institution: provost, vice president for academic affairs, executive assistant to the president, and member of the faculty.
Hernández is a member of the editorial board of Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education. He has served on the American Council on Education’s Commission on Advancement of Racial and Ethnic Equity and the board of trustees of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning. He is a past chair of the board of directors of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.
Hernández is a former member of the board of directors of the American Association for Higher Education and chaired the association’s Hispanic Caucus. He is also a former member of the governing board of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and served as a member of the American Council on Higher Education’s Commission on International Education. Hernández has also served on the NCAA Division III Presidents Council.
Hernández served as chair of the New Jersey Presidents’ Council’s Academic Issues Committee and is a former member of the committee. He is also a former chair of the Hudson County Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He serves on the boards of the Eastman Fund, the Liberty Healthcare System Inc., and Provident Bank, and is board chair of the Open Sky Museum.
Hernández is the recipient of several awards, including India’s prestigious Priyadarshni Academy’s Global Award for Promotion of Education, the Prabhakar R. Shukla Humanitarian Award, and the State of New Jersey’s Many Faces – One Family Award.
Hernández holds a doctorate in psychology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and a bachelor of arts degree from York College of the City University of New York. He resides in Jersey City.