University at Albany Announces New Provost and VP for Academic Affairs

Contact: Vincent Reda (518) 437-4985

Albany, NY, 4/10/01 -- University at Albany President Karen Hitchcock announced today the appointment of Carlos E. Santiago, Ph.D., as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University at Albany, State University of New York. The appointment follows an extensive year-long national search, led by Dean Frank Thompson of the University's Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy.

"I am absolutely delighted that Dr. Carlos Santiago has accepted this appointment," said President Hitchcock. "His strong national reputation was made evident by the breadth and depth of an extremely competitive search process. Dr. Santiago will continue to be a valuable asset to the University, where he has served with distinction since 1988 as a teacher, a researcher and more recently, as an administrator."

Dr. Santiago most recently served as Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and professor of Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Economics at the University at Albany. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Cornell University and MA degrees in economics from Cornell and the University of Puerto Rico.

During his tenure at UAlbany, Dr. Santiago has twice served as chair of the Department of Latin American and Caribbean Studies. He is a labor economist with regional expertise in the Caribbean and Central America, with special emphasis on Puerto Rico. His research interests include labor market issues, problems of structural adjustment and debt, and labor migration to the United States.

"I am delighted to accept this appointment and am very grateful for the opportunity to continue working with Karen Hitchcock and the other members of the University administration," says Dr. Santiago. "My tenure at UAlbany has marked a time of tremendous growth and change, but there has always been one constant, the exceptional faculty and staff. I feel very fortunate to be among such exceptional colleagues."

Dr. Santiago is founding co-editor of the Latino Research Review and is a member of the U.S. Congressional Hispanic Caucus International Relations Advisory Group. He currently serves as president of the Puerto Rican Studies Association and has served in several leadership roles with the Latin American Studies Association. In 1996 Dr. Santiago was named one of the top 100 most influential Hispanic leaders in the U.S. by Hispanic Business, where he served as a member of the Board of Consulting Economists.

"Dr. Santiago has been a most effective leader in the campus academic community and I look forward with real pleasure and enthusiasm to continuing and strengthening our collaborative effort to advance the remarkable growth and progress of the University," President Hitchcock added. "I can think of no one more committed to the values of this University, nor anyone better able to help us meet our high institutional aspirations." "

After a year-long national search and an exceptionally rich pool of candidates, the University search committee was most pleased that Dr. Carlos Santiago, one of three exceptionally strong finalists, and someone who has already contributed so much to the intellectual life and vitality of the University, was selected by the President," said Frank Thompson, chair of the search committee and dean of the Rockefeller College.

Carlos Santiago is the author of four books: The Puerto Rican Diaspora: Its History and Contributions (forthcoming); Island Paradox: Puerto Rico in the 1990's (with Francisco Rivera-Batiz, 1996); Puerto Ricans in the United States: A Changing Reality (with Francisco Rivera-Batiz, 1996); Labor in the Puerto Rican Economy: Postwar Development and Stagnation (1992). He is co-editor of Recovery or Relapse in the Global Economy: Comparative Perspectives on Restructuring in Central America.

Dr. Santiago succeeds Dr. Judy Genshaft, who is now president of the University of South Florida in Tampa.

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April 11, 2001


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