The City University of New York Board of Trustees named Dr. Michael Zibrin Interim President of Kingsborough Community College at its January 25 meeting, upon the recommendation of Interim Chancellor Christoph M. Kimmich. The appointment, effective January 26, was announced by Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees Anne A. Paolucci. Dr. Zibrin replaces President Leon Goldstein who died on January 8. Current Provost and Senior Vice President of the College, Dr. Zibrin began his career at Kingsborough in 1970 as Dean of the Faculty and Professor of Accounting. He was named Provost in 1985 and Senior Vice President five years later. In his 29-year term at Kingsborough, Dr. Zibrin assisted President Goldstein in building Kingsborough from a small college into a modern, state-of-the art campus in Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn, with 7,300 students, that offers innovative college programs.
As the administrator for 16 academic departments, he helped implement over 20 new curricula, including collaborative programs with the Board of Education such as College Now, Family College and Diploma Now, which have brought Kingsborough national renown.
As Senior Vice President, Dr. Zibrin was responsible for controlling and managing the budget and testified before State Legislative Committees and City Council Budget Committees. He was an early initiator of professional development programs designed to introduce faculty to computer technology in an academic setting.
Earlier he held top administrative positions at two Chicago community colleges. Under his direction, SoutheastCommunity College and Fenger College merged into one, Olive-Harvey College, where he served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs from 1969-70.
A community college graduate himself, he receivedan A.B. and M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, as well as an Ed.D from Rutgers University. Dr. Zibrin is a longtime resident of Brooklyn.