CUNY Names New President Of Kingsborough Community College

April 26, 2000 | The University

The Board of Trustees of The City University of New York named Dr. Byron N. McClenney, a nationally acclaimed expert in developmental education, president of Kingsborough Community College on April 24. His appointment is effective July 15 and was recommended to the Board of Trustees by Chancellor Matthew Goldstein after a national search. Trustee Alfred B. Curtis, Jr., chaired the search committee.

Dr. McClenney has been president of the Community College of Denver, one of the most diverse institutions of higher education in Colorado, since 1986. He has helped build a nationally recognized system for developmental education, fostered numerous training collaborations with local businesses, and conducted extensive fundraising to raise nearly as much as the college’s annual appropriation for the operation of the institution.

“Dr. McClenney brings an exemplary record to Kingsborough Community College of almost 29 years of presidential experience, and commitment to preparing students to succeed academically,” said CUNY Chairman Herman Badillo.

“I work hard to involve people in a shared endeavor to identify a vision and priorities for the future. Among the persistent priorities over the last decade have been diversity, technology and a climate for student learning,” Dr. McClenney said.

The Community College of Denver serves 10,500 students at six sites. Its main campus is located in Auraria and is shared with a state college and a university. Dr. McClenney sits on the board for the 34,000-student campus. He has helped create a successful alumni organization and college foundation that are active in support of the First Generation Scholarship program for low-income students in the community.

Under his leadership the Community College of Denver has been recognized by the American Council on Education and the American Association of Community Colleges for a quality learning environment, instructional innovation and community outreach.

Dr. McClenney received his Ed.D., his M.Ed. and his B.S. from the University of Texas at Austin.

Previously, he was Chancellor and Foundation President of the Alamo Community College District in Texas for five years, President of Parkersburg Community College in West Virginia for three years and President of Eastfield College in Dallas for seven years.

Earlier administrative experiences included service as Dean of Instruction at Eastfield and at McLennan Community College in Waco, and Assistant Dean of the Evening Division at San Antonio College in Texas.

Dr. McClenney serves on President Clinton’s Steering Committee for American Reads/America Counts; is a member of the Advisory Board, Education Commission of the States Project on Critical Roles for Community Colleges, and the ACE Commission on Adult Learning and Educational Credentials. He also serves as a consultant/evaluator for the North Central Association and has extensive experience as a management consultant, speaker and accrediting association evaluator in 43 states, Canada and the West Indies. His community involvement has included service as Chair of the Denver Family Opportunity Council for eight years and current membership on the Executive Committee for the School to Career Regional Council, among many other activities.

Among his extensive publications are A Second Chance for Success, The Presidency, American Council on Education, Fall 1999; co-author of Community College of Denver Developmental Education, Developmental Education: A Twenty-first Century Social and Economic Imperative, Edited by Robert McCabe and Philip Day, Jr., League for Innovation, 1998; Productivity and Effectiveness at the Community College of Denver, Embracing the Tiger: The Effectiveness Debate and the Community College, Edited by Roueche, Johnson and Roueche, Community College Press, 1997; and Creating a Climate for Learning, A Learning College for the 21st Century, Edited by Terry O’Banion, Oryx Press for ACE and AACC, 1997.

Kingsborough Community College, located at 2001 Oriental Boulevard in Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn, with an enrollment of 15,259 students, is on a modern 67 acre campus bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, Jamaica Bay and Sheepshead Bay. About half of the students enroll in liberal arts or science degree programs and the rest in career-oriented degree programs. Kingsborough offers degree programs in 29 areas and maintains one of the most comprehensive adult and continuing education programs in the City.

The college, which was founded in 1963, is home to the first Family College; initiated the College Now Program, a collaborative program for high school students, under the late President Leon Goldstein; and is home to the Leon M. Goldstein High School for the Sciences. Its year-round series of programs for the public include the Summer Music Festival and Children’s Theater Festival.