CUNY Names Dr. Russell K. Hotzler Interim President of Queens College

The City University of New York Board of Trustees named Dr. Russell K. Hotzler Interim President of Queens College at its June 26 meeting. His appointment, recommended by Chancellor Matthew Goldstein, is effective September l.

Dr. Hotzler, a senior CUNY administrator and educator for three decades, has served as University Dean for Academic Affairs since 1996. His responsibilities have included revamping teacher education, oversight and review of the colleges’ academic program development, and planning and analysis of new program proposals. He previously served as Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs at Queensborough Community College.

He has also served as University liaison to the State Education Department, the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association, to the New York City Board of Education, and to professional accreditation bodies that oversee college programs. Additionally, Dr. Hotzler acted as University representative to Middle States and State Education Department evaluation teams conducting reviews of CUNY colleges and programs.

As State regulations related to teacher certification have evolved, he has worked with the colleges to ensure compliance and helped implement strategies to enhance program performance. He has also been liaison to the State Education Department and the Board of Education on matters related to teacher certification. One of his special projects has been overseeing the development of the University’s Teaching Opportunity Program that recruits top math and science graduates to be high school teachers, in collaboration with the New York City Board of Education, offering a guaranteed job and free graduate tuition. The program is supported by nearly a million dollars in foundation and private sector funding that Dr. Hotzler has helped raise.

He has also served as Co-Principal Investigator of the New York City Urban Systemic Initiative Project, which is a $15 million National Science Foundation award for the development of performance-based K-12 mathematics and science standards for the Board of Education.

A member of the Queensborough Community College Mechanical Engineering Technology and Design faculty from 1971, Dr. Hotzler was Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs there from 1984 until joining CUNY’s central administration.

He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Metallurgical Engineering and his Ph.D. in Physical Metallurgy from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, now Polytechnic University and taught there as well.

He has conducted research on high temperature alloy development for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and for the Bio-Engineering Department of the Hospital for Special Surgery.

Queens College is located on an 80-acre campus in Flushing, Queens. Founded in 1937, it is ranked in the top quartile of Northern Colleges and Universities by U.S. News and World Report. The College also ranks 35th nationally in the number of students who have earned Ph.D. degrees. A Phi Beta Kappa college, its outstanding student body of 15,686 has received special awards for graduate study, including Marshall Scholarships and Fulbright and Mellon Fellowships.