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October 16, 2008


NEW YORK, October 16, 2008 – Dr. Juan Carlos Mercado has been appointed Dean of the Division of Worker Education (DWE) in The City College of New York’s (CCNY) College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, CCNY President Dr. Gregory H. Williams announced today. Dr. Mercado had been serving as Acting Dean since July 1, 2007. 

Dean Mercado succeeded Dr. Daniel E. Lemons, who resigned to become Acting Associate Provost and Dean for Doctoral Science Programs at the CUNY Graduate Center last year and was recently named Dean of Science at CCNY.

“Juan Carlos Mercado is a proven leader,” said President Williams in announcing the appointment. “Since joining the CCNY faculty in 1999, he has demonstrated an enormous commitment and dedication to the College and its students. His visionary ability has led to the growth of DWE’s public stature and I am delighted to appoint him Dean.”

As Acting Dean of DWE, Dr. Mercado introduced several initiatives. They include the First Distinguished Professors, Distinguished Lecturers and Endowed Chairs Lecture Series at CUNY and the creation of the Downtown Institute for Foreign Languages, which offers daytime instruction in seven languages for non-matriculating students. In addition, DWE has received approval to launch a Master’s Program in the Study of the Americas that will begin for the Fall 2009 semester.

“The Center is a unique place with a unique group of students: adults who still have the dream of higher education and are actively reaching for that next level in life,” Dean Mercado noted. “We will continue working hard in fulfilling their dreams and expectations.”

Prior to joining DWE, Mercado had been Professor and Chair of Foreign Languages and Literatures at CCNY and taught at the CUNY Graduate Center, as well. During his tenure as Chair, the Department’s enrollment increased from 600 to 1,500 students, President Williams noted. It currently offers classes in 10 different languages each semester and has approximately 200 majors in Romance Languages as well as a robust Master’s Program in Spanish.

Dr. Mercado came to CCNY as a visiting Associate Professor in 1999. The following year, he was appointed Associate Professor and Chair. In 2002, he was promoted to Professor and Chair. He has also been on the Graduate Center faculty since 2001. Prior to CCNY, he spent nine years on the faculty at East Stroudsburg State University in East Stroudsburg, Pa.

He holds a Ph.D. in 19th Century Latin American Literature and an Philosophy from the CUNY Graduate Center, an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Queens College and a B.A. from National University of Comahue. 

Dr. Mercado has authored numerous books, reviews and scholarly articles. Most recently, he was co-editor of “Silva Studia Philologica in Honorem Isaías Lerner” (2001), and two annotated editions of “Pedro Menéndez de Avilés: Letters from La Florida -1555-1574” (2002) and “Menéndez de Avilés and La Florida: Chronicles of his Expeditions” (2006). His academic and professional honors include a grant from Spain’s Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports in 2003, the CUNY Alumni Achievement Award in 2001 and a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship in 1992.

About the Division of Worker Education

The Division of Worker Education, headquartered at the Center for Worker Education (CWE) in Lower Manhattan, is a division of The City College of New York’s (CCNY) College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. It offers an excellent interdisciplinary B.A. degree in Liberal Arts with a number of special concentrations. The Center for Worker Education also hosts the CCNY School of Education’s B.S. in Early Childhood Education. Founded in 1981, the Division has become one of the leading educational institutions for working adults in New York City. It attracts over 750 working professionals per semester and reflects the multi-ethnic composition of New York City. For addition information, visit

About The City College of New York

For more than 160 years, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. Over 15,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; The School of Architecture, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture (SAUDLA); The School of Education; The Grove School of Engineering, and The Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education. For additional information, visit