BOROUGH OF MANHATTAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE PRESIDENTIAL
Chancellor Félix V. Matos Rodríguez and the Board of Trustees of
The City University of New York (CUNY) invite nominations and
applications for the next president of Borough of Manhattan
Community College (BMCC), the largest community college in New York
State, with a distinguished record of serving a diverse urban
community and positioning students to move up the academic and
BMCC is renowned for its diversity, affordability, customized,
wrap-around academic options, professional development,
state-of-the-art facilities and contributions to the community. It
represents the vibrancy of Manhattan, providing opportunities to
students in an array of industries and propelling them to the
American dream. As a sign of the college’s transformative
powers, BMCC is routinely ranked among the top community colleges
nationally in rankings for social mobility and academic
The City University of New York has seven community colleges, 11
senior colleges and seven graduate or professional institutions
spread across New York City’s five boroughs. The next
President of BMCC will join the other twenty-four leaders of these
institutions and sit on the Council of Presidents convened by the
Located in Tribeca, in close proximity to Wall Street, BMCC
students, faculty and staff were directly affected by the tragic
events of 9/11. BMCC served as an emergency center during the
aftermath, demonstrating how a community college could step up to
address the needs of the surrounding residents.
Enrolling more than 25,000 students in credit-bearing programs
and another 10,000 through its continuing education offerings, BMCC
features a diverse, inclusive and aspirational student body hailing
from all corners of the city. Fifty four percent of BMCC students
are first generation college students. Twenty six percent
reside in Brooklyn, 18% in the Bronx, 16% in Queens and 15% in
Manhattan. The college enrolls more international
students–representing 155 countries–than any other community
college in the Northeast, stamping it as a champion of diversity
The college’s current annual operating budget is $197.8 million.
The students are served by more than 3,305 faculty, administrators,
and staff. During the past academic year, the faculty received over
$8.7 million in external grants. The fundraising efforts of
the BMCC Foundation over the past five years, has yielded over
The President serves as the chief academic and administrative
officer of the college and reports to the Chancellor of The City
University of New York, working within policies set by the CUNY
Board of Trustees.
OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES
- To continue to move BMCC’s mission forward by educating and
graduating students, developing, retaining and supporting faculty
and staff by engaging all stakeholders in the quest for diversity,
equity, and inclusion;
- To prepare students for 21st century careers and contribute to
workforce development in New York City as BMCC seeks to understand
the changing socio-economic landscape;
- To assess the impact on learning in the classroom with the
restructuring of remediation and developmental education and the
need to invest resources in high-quality teaching to ensure student
- To increase graduation rates, improve transfer pathways, and
prioritize equity and inclusion by retaining and graduating
students of color, addressing the institutional equity gaps
affecting students, staff, and faculty to promote success;
- To effectively advocate, to support the heroic efforts of
faculty, staff, and the administration to raise the cultural
responsiveness and sustainability of pedagogy; and
- To fundraise and identify new sources of revenue, student
support, and academic programs leading to meaningful careers.
The Search Committee understands that no single candidate will
have all the ideal qualifications, but BMCC seeks a president with
the following professional experiences and personal qualities:
- A terminal degree and college-level teaching experience in a
community college is strongly preferred, and a deep appreciation
for scholarly research and inspirational teaching is required.
- An inspiring, visionary, and accessible leader who can build on
the college’s successes, strong traditions, represent the plurality
of the student body, and foster a “culture of care.”
- Demonstrated capacity to galvanize support and set a course for
growth, while promoting a culture of innovation, transparency, and
- A successful record of substantial executive-level
accomplishments and academic leadership, and significant fiscal
- Experienced at the senior management level in an urban
community college, institution of higher learning or organization
with strong connections to higher education.
- Demonstrated record of facilitating student success and
inclusive decision making in the interest of academic
- Significant experience advocating for a highly diverse student
body, who values teaching, scholarship, career training and
- Experienced in addressing the social detriments and life
challenges that often interfere with academic progress such as food
insecurity, homelessness and mental health.A proven track record of
putting conceptual ideas of student success
into action with tangible programs that improve student
- Demonstrated effectiveness as a skilled communicator who
listens to and effectively relates to a diverse group of
- Proven success in navigating complex, multi-layered
organizations and political environments.
- Experienced working with collective bargaining units.
- A forceful and commanding advocate with the capacity to
collaborate with CUNY presidents and executive leaders to
successfully navigate diverse interests.
- Demonstrated robust knowledge and understanding of contemporary
issues in higher education, including the reform of developmental
education and the implications for students.
- Capacity to lead strategic conversations, implement change,
while demonstrating respect and honoring the contributions of
- The ability to partner with diverse stakeholders to attract
support and financial resources.
APPLICATIONS AND NOMINATIONS
Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc. is assisting CUNY with
the Borough of Manhattan Community College Presidential Search. The
presidential selection process is governed by CUNY and overseen by
the Office of the Chancellor. All of the deliberations of the
committee and the Board are conducted with full confidentiality.
Review of candidates will begin immediately with first-round of
candidate interviews targeted for late February
2020. Nominators are encouraged to send a letter of
nomination and, if possible, the nominee’s résumé or curriculum
vitae. The search will remain open until an appointment is
For full consideration, apply immediately.
Applicants should send (1) a letter expressing their interest in
the position that addresses how they meet the preferred
qualifications and the institution’s opportunities for leadership,
as described in the search prospectus, (2) Résumé or curriculum
vitae, and (3) the names and contact information for five
references. References will not be contacted without the
applicant’s prior permission.
All inquiries, nominations, and applications will be held in the
strictest confidence. Applications and nominations should be sent
electronically to: Borough of Manhattan Community College
Presidential Search at email@example.com.
Nominators, nominees and applicants are encouraged to contact Dr.
Narcisa Polonio, Executive Leadership Consultant (202- 276-1983).
Please visit Borough of Manhattan Community College on its website
CUNY encourages people with disabilities,
minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans
are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and
employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any
legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender
Location/Region: New York, NY (10017)