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Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 12:30pm

Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. – August 19, 2014– Mercy College President Tim Hall has committed to become part of Excelencia in Education’s “Presidents for Latino Student Success” initiative. Presidents for Latino Student Success enlists the help of institutional leaders throughout the country to make America stronger by increasing degree attainment for Latino students and all students.

Hall said: “I’m very pleased to see Mercy College join Exelencia’s efforts to increase Latino student success. Now, more than ever, our Latino students—and all our students—need help to make sure they don’t simply acquire a few college credits and a mountain of college debt, but a college degree.”

President of Excelencia in Education Sarita Brown said:We are gratified this distinguished group of higher education leaders have committed to building the national momentum to achieve our collective goal of making this country stronger with the talents, skills and contributions of greater numbers of Latino college graduates. These leaders come from a diversity of institutions and locations yet share proven capacities to advance student success and the acumen to reach and serve Latino students."

Presidents for Latino Student Success is a new enhanced level of the Excelencia in Action Network designed to provide leaders and institutions with exclusive strategic opportunities to advance educational achievement and degree completion including access to:

  • National Experts and innovators producing positive results for Latino students and all students.
  • Excelencia in Education's platform to increase attention on effective policy and practice for Latino students success through featured stories and blogs.
  • Briefings for presidents on the condition of Latino student success nationally, in-states and at their institutions.
  • Accelerating Latino Student Success (ALASS) Inquiry Model with technical support from Excelencia staff and participating institutions.

Hall now joins a list of distinguished college and university presidents who have also committed to Latino Student Success:

  • Richard Fernandez, CUNY-Lehman College
  • Mildred Garcia, California State University, Fullerton
  • Willie Hagan, California State University, Dominguez Hills
  • Ray Keck, Texas A&M International University
  • Flavius Killebrew, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi
  • Felix Matos Rodriguez, CUNY- Hostos Community College
  • Gail Mellow, CUNY-LaGuardia Community College
  • Thomas Morales, California State University, San Bernardino
  • Diana Natalicio, University of Texas at El Paso
  • Elsa Nuñez, Eastern Connecticut State University
  • Eloy Ortiz Oakley, Long Beach City College
  • Antonio Perez, CUNY- Borough of Manhattan Community College
  • Anne Prisco, Felician College, The Franciscan College of New Jersey
  • William Powers, Jr., The University of Texas at Austin
  • Shirley Reed, South Texas College
  • Mark Rosenberg, Florida International University
  • William Serrata, El Paso Community College

Excelencia in Education is a Washington, D.C.-based national non-profit organization whose mission is to accelerate Latino student success in higher education. For more information please visit

About Mercy College
Founded in 1950, Mercy College is a private, not-for-profit higher education institution that offers more than 90 undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs within five prestigious schools: Business, Education, Health and Natural Sciences, Liberal Arts and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Mercy College offers an engaging and personalized learning experience that includes the College’s revolutionary Personalized Achievement Contract (PACT) program. The Mercy College PACT is the first program of its kind and now serves as a nationally recognized model for mentoring. 877-MERCY-GO.