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.

Dr. Yves Salomon-Fernandez is President of Cumberland County College, a designated Hispanic Serving Institution and an Achieving the Dream Leader College located in rural southern New Jersey. Her presidency has been defined by sustainable academic and enterprise innovation. In February 2017, Dr. Salomon-Fernandez established the Innovation and Sustainability Committee that includes local and national leaders and innovators from a range of institutions including Rowan University, Inspira Health Network, MIT, Cumberland Insurance, Espoma, Chemglass, and Century Savings Bank, among others, to help navigate external changes influencing higher education today.

Under Dr. Salomon-Fernandez’ leadership, the College launched its first branding campaign in 2017. The same year, Cumberland County College also launched its first Early College High School collaborations, which have since expanded to include every public high school in the County, as well as some private schools. Since 2016, the College has also expanded the number of short-term vocational and technical trainings available to current employees of local businesses, unemployed, and under-employed adults. President Salomon-Fernandez is committed to positioning Cumberland County College as an agile, adaptive, entrepreneurial, and an intellectually vibrant college that keeps academic degrees and short-term training accessible and affordable to all.

Yves is deeply passionate about working with the faculty, staff, and community in Cumberland to help our youth and adults reach their full potential. She is a frequent contributor to various academic journals and blogs. She speaks regularly on issues related to college access, evolving the academic enterprise, and cultivating the next generation of leaders to local and national audiences. She is regarded as a thought leader in her field. Locally, Dr. Salomon-Fernandez sits on the Board of the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. Additionally, she serves on the board of the Cumberland Cape Atlantic YMCA, Gateway Community Action Partnership, the Cumberland, Salem, Cape May Workforce Development Board, among others. She is also a proud Rotarian.

Prior to moving to New Jersey, Dr. Yves Salomon-Fernandez rose through various executive roles at Massachusetts Bay Community College culminating her tenure with serving as the College’s Interim President. Her professional portfolio includes leading at private elite, selective research institutions as well as open access public colleges. As an adjunct faculty member, Dr. Fernandez has taught courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels in statistics, research, assessment, and evaluation. Internationally, she has consulted with the United Nations and the Bermuda Ministry of Education.

Dr. Salomon-Fernandez has been characterized as an inspiring and thoughtful leader with a personal journey that most in our community can relate to and one that is quintessentially American. Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Yves’ family migrated to the United States when she was 12 years old. After graduating from Boston Latin School, she attended the University of Massachusetts for her undergraduate degree. She received her Master’s degree from the London School of Economics and holds a certificate from the University of Oxford. Yves holds a Ph.D. from Boston College. She is fluent in French, Haitian Creole, and Spanish. Lastly, she is the proud spouse of Dr. Stephen Fernandez and mother of two school-aged children.