Albany – The State University of New
York Board of Trustees today named Dr.
Pedro Cabán vice provost for diversity and educational equity, effective July 15, 2007. SUNY
received $300,000 in funding from the state budget to create the Office of Diversity
and Educational Equity.
“Dr. Cabán’s strong record of scholarship in Latina/Latino
and African American studies, and his success in working with underrepresented
students, makes him ideally suited to be the first leader of SUNY’s Office of
Diversity and Educational Equity,” said Chancellor Ryan. “As New York’s population becomes
increasingly diverse, SUNY must ensure that an affordable, attainable higher
education is available for all its citizens. Dr. Cabán is very well qualified
for his new role, and we are very excited to have him join SUNY in this
“Congratulations are well in order for Dr. Pedro Cabán,”
said Board Chairman Thomas F. Egan. “The State University of New York provides
an exceptional education and we are very pleased Dr. Cabán will devote his
considerable talents and skills in ensuring students have every opportunity to
is the ideal choice to lead the newly-created Office of Diversity and
Educational Equity. We look forward to expanding opportunities for all
students interested in attending SUNY and thereby improving their lives,” said
“The State University of New
York’s commitment to access and opportunity for all students is most
commendable,” said Dr. Cabán. “I want to thank the Board of Trustees for
placing its trust in me, as well as to thank Chancellor Ryan, Provost Palm and
the search committee for their strong support. Working together with the SUNY
campuses, we can ensure access and opportunities for all those who seek to
advance themselves through public higher education.”
Dr. Cabán will take responsibility
for the Offices of Educational Opportunity Programs and SUNY Educational
Opportunity Centers; supervise SUNY’s participation in the National Association
of System Heads project on reducing the educational gap, and assist campuses in
developing and implementing a portfolio of diversity programs and curricula
that is sensitive to their mission and the communities in which they are
In addition, he will assist
ongoing system-wide efforts to align campuses with their respective communities
in order to assist underrepresented high school graduates with access to higher
educational opportunities and a successful college experience through to
received his Doctorate of Political Science and Master of Philosophy from Columbia University.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts from the City College of New York. In addition, Dr.
Cabán held important faculty and administrative positions at Cornell, Rutgers and Fordham Universities.
Dr. Cabán is currently full
professor of Communications Research and African American Studies at the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign, and was the Director of the Latina/o Studies Program.
While at the UIUC, Dr. Cabán
served on the advisory board of and was appointed faculty in residence at the
Center on Democracy in a Multiracial Society. The Center promoted public
engagements and academic initiatives on the benefits of racial and ethnic
diversity in developing venues for the discussion of race, knowledge and power
within and beyond the University.
Dr. Cabán was the recipient
of an Academic Leadership Program fellowship from the Consortium on
Institutional Cooperation, consisting of the Big Ten Universities, the University of Chicago and Northwestern University.
During his professional career, Dr. Cabán served on five review panels for the
Ford Foundation Doctoral Dissertation and Postdoctoral Minority Fellow
Program. He has served on many university and college committees that were
responsible for enhancing diversity and inclusion.
Dr. Cabán’s research and
writing has focused on the political economy and legislative history of United
States-Puerto Rico relations; Americanization, colonialism and citizenship; and
the formation of the political identities of Hispanic Caribbean peoples in the
Diaspora and on the Islands.
For the last decade, he has
been writing and lecturing on the emerging field of Latino Studies. Dr. Cabán
is currently working on an intellectual and political history of the
development of race and ethnic studies as an academic field in higher
Since 2004, as a consequence
of his joint appointment in the African American Studies and Research Program
at UIUC, he has broadened his teaching and research perspective on the African
American experience. He has chaired the unit’s curriculum committee and published
papers that explore different dimensions of race and access to higher
Prior to his service at the UIUC,
he held a visiting faculty position in Latino Studies and Government at Cornell University,
where he also served as the director of Latino Studies. He was co-director of
the Center for the Critical Analysis of Contemporary Culture and served as chair
of the Puerto-Rican and Hispanic Caribbean Studies Department at Rutgers University and
also was a tenured faculty member of political science and Puerto
Rican/Hispanic Caribbean Studies.
From 1978 to1986, Dr. Cabán
was a member of the Political Science Department at Fordham University,
also serving as director of the Latin American and Puerto Rican Studies
Dr. Cabán’s nomination is the
result of a national search. The position was advertised in the Chronicle of
Higher Education, Insidehighered.com, and the SUNY System Administration
homepage and minority organizations listings. There were 25 applications for
As vice provost for diversity
and educational equity of the State University of New York Dr. Cabán’s salary
will be $165,000.
The State University of New
York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States,
educating more than 417,500 students in 7,669 degree and certificate programs
on 64 campuses. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit www.suny.edu