Q&A with Avelino Mills-Novoa


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Our Casey Heinisch recently interviewed newly appointed Interim President Avelino Mills-Novoa for City College News. Below are a few questions he asked him after the interview. Read the full story on Avelino here.

By Casey Heinisch/[email protected]
Opinion Editor

Who is your favorite author?

I read a lot, and the author Cormac McCarthy, and Blood Meridian.  I like his reading, not because it is easy reading, quite the opposite. His writing is challenging and he put forth an unvarnished account of American Life.

What type of music do you Listen to?

I really enjoy listening to Willie Nelson, and folk music, songs  that tell stories of the human experience. Soul, and folk music were really good for that as well.

How do you take your caffeine?

Coffee is a big thing culturally. Here we call it espresso, but in Cuba its just coffee. I drink espresso, and if I need something lighter, I will have an Americano.

Do you have any secret talents?

I don’t know if it is a secret, but baseball saved my life, because it allowed me to go to college.

What does a typical day in the life of Interim President look like?

I wake up at 5:00 am, and I will go for a walk or a run. Get ready and come into work.  Then I am here all day, in and out of meetings.  I don’t typically go home until about six, then I get to spend time with my family.

Is there anything that you want to leave students with?

This is the most challenging job that I have ever had, and the one that I feel the most responsibility for. I feel that because of the importance of what MCTC does and its role in the community, and it is one of the few ways that students can go from the life that they have had to the life that they have dreamed of. I encourage all of you to come up and say hi to me, or tell me some of your story. That is what makes this job fun, and work the immense weight of it.