About Cumberland

President's Biography

Dr. Yves Salomon-Fernandez comes to New Jersey from Massachusetts where she previously served as Interim President of Massachusetts Bay Community College.

In June 2016, Dr. Yves Salomon-Fernandez became the seventh President of Cumberland County College. Prior to her appointment, she served as Interim President at Massachusetts Bay Community College. She has also served as an adjunct faculty member teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels at various Massachusetts institutions, including Boston College, Salem State University, and Cambridge College. While most of her professional experiences have been in education, early in her career, Yves served as a policy analyst for the late Boston Mayor, Thomas Menino, and worked as a reporter for the Bay State Banner. Internationally, she served as a consultant to the Bermuda Ministry of Education and accompanied the United Nations to Mexico as an election observer in 2000.

Born in Haiti, Dr. Salomon-Fernandez and her family immigrated to the United States when she was 12 years old and settled in Boston. In addition to English, Yves is fluent in Spanish, French, and Haitian Creole. A graduate of the prestigious Boston Latin School, Dr. Salomon-Fernandez earned her Ph.D. from Boston College, her Master’s degree from the London School of Economics, her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts Boston. She also holds a Certificate from the University of Oxford in England.

Yves Salomon-Fernandez is a blogger for Inside Higher Ed and speaks at conferences for organizations such as the American Council on Education, the League for Innovation in the Community College, the Society of College and University Planners, and the American Educational Research Association. Her scholarship and co-authored publications have been featured in the New England Journal of Higher Education, the Evaluation and Policy Analysis Archives, School Science and Mathematics Journal, and the European Journal of Teacher Education.

Dr. Salomon-Fernandez is passionate about ensuring that quality affordable higher education and vocational/technical training remain as pathways for social mobility for the working and middle classes. Yves sees Cumberland County College as more than an institution that awards degrees and credentials, but as a catalyst for progress and for helping the county reach its full social and economic potential. Working with her colleagues and the broader community, she hopes to build upon the College’s 50 years of success.