• IDRA Newsletter • November-December 2017 •

(From left) David Hinojosa, J.D., IDRA National Director of Policy; Dr. Ricardo R. Fernández, Lehman College President Emeritus; Dr. José Luis Cruz, Lehman College President.

In recognition of Dr. Ricardo R. Fernández’s service on the IDRA board of directors and to higher education, IDRA has established a scholarship endowment at Lehman College in his honor. Dr. Fernández has served on the IDRA board for 16 years and is president emeritus of Lehman College.

Dr. Fernández became the second president of Lehman College in 1990 and served both the college and its home borough of the Bronx with distinction for 26 years. Throughout his tenure, he expanded the college’s commitment to excellence and increased access to higher education for students who are economically disadvantaged. In addition to his service to IDRA, Dr. Fernández’s leadership positions in education have included the American Council of Education, the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and the National Association for Bilingual Education.

Dr. Ricardo R. Fernández Scholarship Endowment Fund is designated for students pursuing a degree in education who are committed to a career in the New York City public schools or in an urban school district.

[©2017, IDRA. This article originally appeared in the November-December 2017 IDRA Newsletter by the Intercultural Development Research Association. Permission to reproduce this article is granted provided the article is reprinted in its entirety and proper credit is given to IDRA and the author.]