The Board of Trustees of The City University of New York appointed Howard L. Lapidus, J.D., Interim President of Queensborough Community College on June 28, Chairman Herman Badillo announced. He will assume the post following the August 31 retirement of Dr. Kurt R. Schmeller, who has served as President for the past 32 years.
Mr. Lapidus is currently Senior Vice President for Administrative Affairs and Special Counsel to the President at Queensborough Community College (QCC).
A member of QCC’s administration since 1970, Mr. Lapidus was initially Special Assistant to the President. In the decade that followed, he assumed increasing responsibility and held positions that included Dean of Staff Relations, Labor Designee, tenured full professor in the Business Department, College Affirmative Action Officer and Title IX Officer. In 1990, Mr. Lapidus was appointed Vice President, and in 1997, he was named Senior Vice President.
In this role, he supervised all financial and administrative areas of the College, including the Business Manager’s Office, Data Processing, Safety and Security, Facultyand Staff Relations, Personnel, Performing Arts, Campus Facilities, Buildings and Grounds, Environmental Health and Safety and non-tax levy associations, as well as serving as Special Counsel to the President. He also has served numerous times as an evaluator for the Middle States Association for the Commission on Higher Education.
Prior to joining Queensborough, Mr. Lapidus, who has a B.A. degree from Hunter College/CUNY and a J.D. degree from Brooklyn Law School, also was an attorney for The City University of New York.
He is a member of various professional organizations, including the National and Eastern Association of College Auxiliary Services, the Eastern Association of College and University Business Officers, the National Council of Community College Business Officers, the National Association of College and University Attorneys, and the Education Law Association.
Lapidus and his wife, Ilene, reside in Smithtown, and have three grown children.
Located at Springfield Boulevard and 56th Avenue in Bayside, Queens, Queensborough Community College has an enrollment of nearly 10,300 students. Among the College’s innovative programs is one of the few Laser and Fiber Optics Technology programs in the nation; one of the largest and finest Electronic and Computer Engineering Technology programs in New York; the most comprehensive Clinical Nursing program in the metropolitan area; and the only Music Electronic Technology program within The City University of New York.