Dr. José Luis Cruz is president of Lehman College of The City University of New York (CUNY). Prior to his appointment at CUNY, he served as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at California State University, Fullerton. Dr. Cruz is also the former vice president for Higher Education Policy and Practice at The Education Trust. Previously, he served as vice president for Student Affairs of the University of Puerto Rico System (UPR), and as professor and chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and dean of Academic Affairs of the UPR Mayagüez campus. He has a doctorate in electrical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and received a National Science Foundation Career Award. President Cruz is an advocate for inclusive excellence and student-focused, equity-driven, higher education policies and practices.