Three Queens CUNY schools have new presidents
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Dr. Mangino is a first-generation
college student and developed
her interest in championing the
mission and success of community
colleges from her experience as
a student at Nassau Community
College. She earned her bachelor’s
and master’s degrees in education
from Hofstra University, and later,
a doctoral degree in instructional
leadership at St. John’s University.
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BY BILL PARRY
With challenges ahead due to the impact of the
COVID-19 pandemic, the Board of Trustees of the
City University of New York selected new leaders as
presidents at LaGuardia Community College in Long
Island City, York College in Jamaica, and Queensborough
Community College in Bayside.
To lead York College, the trustees appointed Dr.
Berenecea Johnson Eanes, who has served as York’s
interim president for the 2019-2020 academic year.
This spring, Dr. Eanes guided York College through
the COVID-19 crisis, implementing a system of distance
learning and remote working for the school’s
40,000 students and more than 400 employees, while
also launching a number of support services to help
the most vulnerable students. She earned a Ph.D. in
Social Work from Clark Atlanta University, a Master
of Social Work from Boston University, and a Bachelor
of Science in Public Health from Dillard University.
“It is a great privilege to be selected by Chancellor
Félix Matos Rodríguez to be the president at York
College. York is a campus rich with a history and a
diversity that is a reflection of the Jamaica, Queens
community it was built within,” Dr. Eanes said. “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. Following our ‘One York’ theme, we will push
ahead and work collaboratively to embrace the amazing
opportunities and tackle the current challenges,
together. I am humbled to be chosen to lead this amazing
campus community that paves the way for local
students to rise in social mobility and become global
To lead LaGuardia Community College, known for
its strong success as a driver of economic mobility and
a leading voice on behalf of community colleges nationwide,
the Board appointed Kenneth Adams, who
currently serves as dean of workforce and economic
development at Bronx Community College and brings
a highly accomplished résumé as chief executive of
numerous New York State governmental agencies.
Adams succeeds Interim President Paul Arcario.
Fundamental to Adams’ mission is the cultivation
of robust partnerships with employers, including
unions and industry associations to advance students’
outcomes and CUNY priorities.
“LaGuardia is uniquely positioned to support the
city’s recovery by training and upskilling workers
who have lost their jobs and preparing students for
new fields and emerging occupations in a post-COVID
economy,” Adams said. “I look forward to working
with the incredible LaGuardia faculty, students, staff
and alumni, and of course the Queens community,
in a collective effort to deliver on the rich promise of
LaGuardia to a growing number of students in these
To lead Queensborough Community College, which
prizes the diversity of its students and the engagement
of its faculty in pedagogical research for the improvement
of teaching methodologies, the Board appointed
Dr. Christine Mangino, a proud champion of community
colleges who has worked at CUNY’s Hostos Community
College for 16 years, the last five as provost.
Dr. Mangino succeeds Interim President Timothy G.
“I am honored and excited for the opportunity to
serve the QCC community,” Dr. Mangino said. “I look
forward to working together not only to recover from
the current crisis but also to continue the important
work of student success and providing an affordable,
high-quality education marked by academic excellence
and rigor. I am deeply committed to the QCC
and CUNY missions and eager to partner with faculty,
staff, and the community to support students as they
achieve academic, social, and economic progress.”
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