Current Hostos President Dr. David Gómez  (l.) first Hostos President Dr. Nasry Michelen (r.)
Current Hostos President Dr. David Gómez (l.) first Hostos President Dr. Nasry Michelen (r.)

Dr. Nasry Michelen, the first President of Eugenio María de Hostos Community College, passed away on Tuesday, July 3. He served as College President from 1969-1971. His passing is a great loss to the Hostos community.
A man of incredible integrity, vision and compassion, Dr. Michelen named the College after the great Eugenio María de Hostos and instilled the values Hostos proudly follows to this day. Among his long list of academic and humanitarian achievements was his involvement in leading the movement of community activism that fought for better educational pathways and healthcare services in the South Bronx. Hostos proudly joined the Nasry Michelen Foundation to celebrate his legacy on February 22, 2018, when he visited the College during its 50thAnniversary. His visit left a lasting impression on those who attended.   
His legendary story, stated in his own words, is available to all and will live on through the Hostos 50thAnniversary Oral History Collective:

About Hostos Community College
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College is an educational agent for change that has been transforming and improving the quality of life in the South Bronx and neighboring communities for a half-century. Since 1968, Hostos has been a gateway to intellectual growth and socioeconomic mobility, as well as a point of departure for lifelong learning, success in professional careers, and transfer to advanced higher education programs.
Hostos offers 27 associate degree programs and two certificate programs that facilitate easy transfer to The City University of New York’s (CUNY) four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions. The College has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Development that offers professional development courses and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. Hostos is part of CUNY, the nation’s leading urban public university, which serves more than 500,000 students at 24 colleges.