December Promotions, Announcements & Appointments

Matos to head HACU board
Queens College President Félix Matos Rodríguez has been elected board chair of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU).
Established in 1986, HACU currently represents more than 470 colleges and universities committed to Hispanic higher education success in the United States, Puerto Rico, Latin America, and Spain.
“The work HACU does each and every day has had beneficial impact on Hispanic students both in the United States and abroad,” said Matos Rodríguez. “I am truly humbled to have the opportunity to serve as board chair as we continue to advocate for students around the world.”
Matos Rodríguez has served as president of Queens College since 2014 and has been a member of HACU’s Governing Board since 2012. His distinguished career spans both academia and the public sector.
Matos Rodríguez is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is an Aspen Institute Ascend Fellow. He serves on the boards of Phipps Houses, the United Way of New York City, the TIAA Hispanic Advisory Council, and the Research Alliance for New York City Schools. He is a graduate of Yale University and he received his PhD from Columbia University.

Nagler tapped to lead UCF
Dr. Harris M. Nagler of Northwell Health’s Smith Institute for Urology has been named president of the Urology Care Foundation Board (UCF), part of the American Urological Association (AUA).
“Supporting and improving the prevention, detection and treatment of urological conditions and disease through research and education is part of the fabric of our profession,” said Nagler. “Continuing to do it here with an organization of such stature and trustworthiness remains a privilege.”
Over the last year, Nagler has helped drive the foundation’s outreach and development efforts, making great strides in establishing the UCF as the single largest resource for medically approved urologic patient education information.
The organization also supports research funding for many of our young scientists dedicated to preventing, diagnosing and treating urologic conditions and diseases.
Nagler has been recognized numerous times in New York Magazine’s Best Doctors, Best Doctors in America and The New York Times’ Super Doctors listings.

WCC names Wacey as CEO
The Women’s City Club of New York (WCC) today announced the appointment of Carole J. Wacey as chief executive officer, citing her breadth of experience in the public and private sectors and strong networks at the city, state and federal levels.

“I am privileged to join an organization that has championed change in New York City to the betterment of all people for more than a century,” the Forest Hills resident said. “From its earliest days, the Women’s City Club of New York has been a consistent voice influencing reforms that advance equality, preserve rights, and improve our quality of life.”
In her most recent role as vice president of Education at WNET, Wacey led a team that produced educational television, online educational media for teachers, and community engagement.
Wacey earned a Juris Doctor from Vermont Law School and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from American University. She studied Public International Law at Oxford University and Environmental Leadership at Yale University. Currently, Wacey serves as a member of the Board of Directors at MOUSE.
WCC is a nonprofit, non-partisan, multi-issue activist organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for all New Yorkers. WCC shapes public policy through education, issues analysis, advocacy, and civic participation.

Villani joins NYPQ
Dr. Gina Villani has joined NewYork-Presbyterian Queens as the Medical Oncology Division Chief. She is also a member of Weill Cornell Medicine’s faculty.
She was previously CEO of Harlem’s The Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care in partnership with Memorial Sloan Kettering.
Dr. Villani believes that “cancer care isn’t one size fits all,” and her experience working with diverse communities has prepared her to serve the borough of Queens with comprehensive cancer care.
At NewYork-Presbyterian Queens, Dr. Villani will build an interdisciplinary medical oncology cancer program in hematological and solid tumor malignancies.
Dr. Villani has worked at a national level to help mitigate cancer disparities, and has served as chairman of Cancer Disparities Committee for the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ACSO). She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona.

Museum honors LGCC’s Mellow
LaGuardia Community College president Gail Mellow was honored by American Folk Art Museum at its annual gala.
Dr. Mellow, who has been president of LaGuardia Community College since 2000, was honored for being a national leader in the education of underserved students with her boundary-breaking success at LaGuardia.

LaGuardia and the Museum have been partners on an initiative whereby selected LaGuardia students work in the various departments of the museum, on a paid basis, to learn about careers in the museum field.

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