CUNY names new president of LaGuardia Community College
by Benjamin Fang
Jul 08, 2020 | 5198 views | 0 0 comments | 1083 1083 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Three educational institutions in Queens now have new leaders at the helm.

Last week, the CUNY Board of Trustees voted to appoint new presidents for LaGuardia Community College, Queensborough Community College and York College.

Leading LaGuardia Community College will be Kenneth Adams, who currently serves as the dean of workforce and economic development at Bronx Community College. His appointment begins on August 17.

Adams previously served as acting commissioner of the state Department of Taxation and Finance. From 2011 to 2015, he was the president and CEO of Empire State Development, the state’s economic development agency.

Prior to his stints in state government, Adams also led the Business Council of New York State, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and MetroTech Area Business Improvement District (BID). He was the founding executive director of the nonprofit New York Cares.

“LaGuardia is uniquely positioned to support the city’s recovery by training and upskilling workers who have lost their jobs,” he said, “and preparing students for new fields and emerging occupations in a post-COVID economy.”

Adams, who succeeds interim president Paul Arcario, raised $2 million to support workforce training and career services programs while at Bronx Community College. He increased Continuing Education enrollment by 45 percent and the revenue by 15 percent, according to CUNY.

“I look forward to working with the incredible LaGuardia faculty, students, staff and alumni, and of course the Queens community,” he added, “in a collective effort to deliver on the rich promise of LaGuardia to a growing number of students in these challenging times.”

At Queensborough Community College, Dr. Christine Mangino will become the president after 16 years leading Hostos Community College in the Bronx, including stints as dean for faculty and curriculum, and later as provost and vice president.

A first-generation college student, Mangino developed her interest in the mission of community colleges while attending Nassau Community College. She later earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education at Hofstra University. Mangino also has a doctoral degree in instructional leadership from St. John’s University.

According to CUNY, in her five years as provost at Hostos, Mangino increased three-year graduation rates by nearly 15 percent. She also boosted the number of faculty of color by 6 percent, and expanded online offerings by 5 percent.

“I look forward to working together to not only recover from the current crises,” Mangino said, “but also to continue the important work of student success and providing an affordable, high-quality education marked by academic excellence and rigor.”

York College, meanwhile, will have a familiar face as president. Dr. Berenecea Johnson Eanes, who served as interim president since September 2019, will continue to serve on a permanent basis starting on August 1.

Eanes came to York College from California State University Fullerton (CSUF), where she was vice president for student affairs for seven years. During her tenure, the university saw a 33 percent improvement in six-year graduation rates for first-time freshmen, as well as a 100 percent improvement in four-year graduation rates for first-time freshmen.

Prior to CSUF, Eanes served for six years as vice president for student affairs at John Jay College for Criminal Justice.

Since September, she guided York College through the implementation of distance learning and remote working.

Dr. Eanes earned her doctorate in social work from Clark Atlanta University, master’s degree in social work from Boston University. and a bachelor’s degree in public health from Dillard University.

“It has been a pleasure to serve as the interim president this past academic year and establish the new strategic plan and priorities that will drive the future of the college,” Eanes said. “Following our ‘One York’ theme, we will push ahead and work collaboratively to embrace the amazing opportunities and tackle the current challenges together.”

Eanes succeeded Dr. Marcia Keiza, who stepped down from the post last August to return to teaching.

“I am especially proud to have been able to recommend these dedicated and experienced leaders to guide CUNY colleges as we continue to navigate the uncertainty of the pandemic and its many associated challenges,” said Chancellor Felix V. Matos Rodriguez. “All of these leaders have acquired the wide-ranging personal and career histories to make innovative contributions as CUNY college presidents.”
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