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Dr. Jose Aybar holds a breadth of experiential knowledge gained in senior-level administrative positions in multi-college systems. His postings have placed him at the center of operations for systemic decision-making regarding economically disadvantaged students in the US, as well as for international students from Latin America. He has also been at the heart of statewide decision-making regarding the Cuban immigration to the US and developed recommendations for their incorporation into the mainstream of American society.
Currently, Dr. Aybar is developing a web presence to provide support for students entering college and their parents. He resigned from the Presidency of Richard J. Daley College, one of City Colleges of Chicago, in 2017. During his eight years as President, he was responsible for the administration and oversight of a comprehensive community college with an unduplicated headcount in FY 2015 of 17,555 students; a faculty and staff of 788; a budget of $31 million in a multi-campus environment with over sixteen sites. Prior to that, he served as Associate Vice Chancellor of Arts and Sciences for the City Colleges of Chicago at the District Office (2003-9).
Dr. Aybar came to the City Colleges of Chicago from Colorado Mountain College where he served as Dean of the Vail/Eagle Valley Campus and subsequently Executive Assistant to the President.
Dr. Aybar has over seven years of teaching and learning experience. He has served as Executive Director of a statewide commission and carried out various consultantships for the: Department of Education and the Department of Professional Regulation of the State of Florida, and for the US. Department of Defense Dependent Schools. He is the author of numerous publications, among them: Dependency and Intervention: The Case of Guatemala in 1954 and the Panama Canal College Study for the Department of Defense Dependent Schools.
Dr. Aybar earned a Ph.D. in International Relations from the Claremont Graduate School, a Master-in-Arts from the Monterey Institute of Foreign Studies, and a Bachelor of Science, in Natural Sciences from Shimer College. He earned certification from the Harvard Institute for Experienced Presidents in 2012. Dr. Aybar’s fields of study and research include Russian Foreign Policy, International Law, Latin American Studies, Higher Education, and Remedial Education.