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President, Bronx Community College

Chancellor Félix V. Matos Rodríguez and the Board of Trustees of The City University of New York (CUNY) invite nominations and applications for the position of Bronx Community College (BCC) president. Bronx Community College seeks an experienced, innovative, visionary, passionate and collaborative leader who is committed to fostering diversity, energized by the transformational work of public higher education and dedicated to championing BCC’s mission.

The Institution: A treasured part of New York City’s cultural life, Bronx Community College sits on a historic, 45-acre campus – one of the largest in the CUNY system – atop a hill overlooking the Harlem River. Established in 1957, BCC is the only community college in the country designated as a national historic landmark. It houses the Hall of Fame for Great Americans, the nation’s first institution of its kind, and its quad encompasses the work of three generations of world-renowned architects. Bronx Community College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and through its 14 academic departments offers more than 40 academic majors and certificate programs, including the associate in arts (A.A.), associate in science (A.S.) and associate in applied science (A.A.S.) degrees. During the fall of 2023, BCC had a total enrollment of 6,465 students. More than 270 full-time faculty and 260 part-time faculty serve the College, and approximately 65% of full-time faculty hold a doctoral or terminal degree. A publicly supported institution, Bronx Community College’s current budget is $89.4 million. The Bronx Community College Foundation was established in 1985 to provide support for student scholarships, faculty research, program development, community education and cultural enrichment. This fiscal year, the College received well over $28 million in grant funding from private and public sources, including its foundation.

The BCC campus is as richly diverse as the community it serves. Students come from more than 100 countries and speak more than 50 languages. The composition of the students, faculty and staff reflects a fundamental commitment to diversity not only as an act of social justice, but as an essential and exciting element of a complete education that prepares students to be citizens of the world. A Hispanic-Serving Institution, BCC ranks fifth in all of New York State in both enrollment of and earned degrees or certificates by Latinx students. Nearly 70 percent of BCC students are the first in their families to attend college, coming from all parts of the world and sharing a wide range of cultural perspectives. The campus has 35 active clubs and organizations, as well as men’s basketball, baseball and soccer and women’s basketball and volleyball. Current BCC alumni number more than 34,000, which includes graduates through 1990. To learn more about Bronx Community College, please visit www.bcc.cuny.edu.

The Position: Reporting to the chancellor of The City University of New York system and operating within policies established by the CUNY Board of Trustees, the president is responsible for the overall operation and performance of Bronx Community College. Leading a dedicated team of faculty and staff, the president is also responsible for maintaining and enhancing the academic success and community impact of BCC. The president leads the College in exploring new opportunities that best serve students with relevant, innovative programs.

Among those currently reporting directly to the president are the vice president for academic affairs and provost; vice president of enrollment management; vice president for student success; vice president for finance and administration; vice president for advancement, communications and external relations; executive director of human resources; chief diversity officer; and executive legal counsel, deputy to the president and labor designee. The president is a visible leader in the borough of the Bronx and New York City, communicating and connecting the internal and external college community to the College’s mission.

Qualifications: The successful candidate will have a record of executive leadership, sound fiscal management and experience in a senior administrative position in higher education. BCC’s next president must demonstrate strategic planning and implementation skills; a strong commitment to shared governance, transparency, effective communication and collaboration; dedication to diversity and inclusion; and a history of effective management that creatively and effectively responds to emerging opportunities and challenges facing urban community colleges. Understanding contemporary issues and challenges in higher education is also necessary, and candidates should exhibit a commitment to high-quality teaching. This person must maintain the utmost personal and professional integrity; strong political acumen; and excellent oral and written communication s

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