Dr. Carlos Hernández served as president of New Jersey City University for 19 years and in 2012 was named President Emeritus of the University. Under his leadership the University expanded its scope, underscored its urban mission, and attained university designation on May 29, 1998. Dr. Hernández also served in various capacities at the institution: as provost, vice president for academic affairs, executive assistant to the president, and member of the faculty.
Dr. Hernández is a member of the editorial board of Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education. He served on the American Council on Education’s Commission on Advancement of Racial and Ethnic Equity, the Board of Trustees of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, and is a past chair of the Board of Directors of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.
Dr. Hernández is a former member of the Board of Directors of the American Association for Higher Education and chaired the Association's Hispanic Caucus. He is also a former member of the Governing Board of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and served as a member of the American Council on Higher Education’s Commission on International Education. Dr. Hernández has also served on the NCAA Division III Presidents’ Council.
In New Jersey, Dr. Hernández served as chair of the Presidents’ Council Academic Issues Committee and is a former member of the Committee. Dr. Hernández is also a former chair of the Hudson County Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He serves on the boards of the Eastman Fund, the Liberty HealthCare System, Inc., and Provident Bank, and is chair of the board of the Open Sky Museum.
Dr. Hernández is the recipient of several awards, among them, India's prestigious Priyadarshni Academy's Global Award for Promotion of Education, the Prabhakar R. Shukla Humanitarian Award, and the State of New Jersey’s Many Faces – One Family Award.
Dr. Hernández holds a doctorate in psychology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from York College of the City University of New York. He resides in Jersey City.