Andrés Acebo

University President, New Jersey City University


Andrés Acebo is a Hudson County native who grew up in Union City, N.J. and has maintained strong ties to the community. He is only the second Hispanic to serve as the leader of a four-year public institution in the state of New Jersey — following in the legacy of another NJCU leader, Dr. Carlos Hernandez, who led the institution as its 11th president from 1993-2012. Acebo is also the youngest known president ever to lead a public university in the State of New Jersey. 

Acebo has worked diligently with NJCU’s other senior leaders, external stakeholders, and entities, including the bond rating agencies, which has resulted in the removal of the University from the rating agency’s negative watch. His efforts with the senior leadership of NJCU’s academic affairs division have led to the development of an academic rightsizing framework that honors collective bargaining rights and creates a pathway for the reallocation of resources and an updated academic portfolio.

He also has worked with the Division of Academic Affairs to affirm NJCU’s Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) accreditation while working with Senator Menendez and our congressional delegation to identify significant future federal aid which will provide equitable access to high-demand online nursing education.

He originally joined the university in February 2021 as a senior leader facilitating institutional planning, policy, and program development and was responsible for facilitating effective decision-making and coordinating the execution of strategic initiatives while providing close coordinative support to the President as an ongoing liaison for external governmental affairs issues. As Executive Vice President, he continued those critical contributions.