Dr. Marcia V. Keizs Named President of York College

January 24, 2005 | The University

The Board of Trustees today appointed Dr. Marcia V. Keizs, who has held senior administrative posts at five City University of New York colleges during a career that spans more than three decades, as the President of York College in Queens. Dr. Keizs’ nomination was recommended by Chancellor Matthew Goldstein.

Dr. Keizs, who holds a doctorate in education from Columbia University, is currently Vice President for Academic Affairs at Bronx Community College. The presidential appointment to York College marks her return to the Jamaica campus where she served as acting president in 1996.

“The Board of Trustees is very pleased that Dr. Keizs will lead York College, assuring the College’s stability and growth in the years ahead,” said Board of Trustees Chairman Benno C. Schmidt, Jr.

“Dr. Keizs’ extensive and distinguished record of academic and administrative leadership at CUNY, including two terms as an Acting President, make her very well-prepared to assume the Presidency of York College,” Chancellor Goldstein said.

As Vice President of Academic Affairs at Bronx Community College since 1997, Dr. Keizs has improved existing curricula, revitalized the core curriculum and realigned and strengthened remediation. She has enhanced and expanded the College’s academic programs with new degree offerings including Environmental Technology, Earth Science, Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology, Criminal Justice, and Security Management, among others. In addition, new Certificate Programs in Animal Care and Management and Licensed Practical Nurse have been introduced.

Working with faculty and administrators at Bronx Community College, Dr. Keizs instituted a professional development program for new faculty, including adjuncts, and established a Center for Teaching Excellence. She also initiated partnerships with unions in the allied health field, along with the Poised for Success Program in cooperation with the NYC Human Resources Administration, which is in its fourth year.

Dr. Keizs began her CUNY career as a Professor of English at Queensborough Community College, where she taught the full range of course offerings, including Afro-American literature. She was Assistant Director in the acclaimed External Education Degree Program for the Homebound Student, which provides the opportunity for severely disabled students to earn a college degree without leaving home.

Dr. Keizs was Assistant Dean for External Affairs, Labor Relations and Personnel at LaGuardia Community College from 1984 to 1988. From 1988 to 1994 she served as Vice President and Dean of Student Services at Queensborough Community College, with a one-year stint as Acting Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs of CUNY.

She was Acting President of Borough of Manhattan Community College from September 1994 to August 1995, and Acting President of York College from January 1996 to August 1996.

A native of Kingston, Jamaica, Dr. Keizs has lived and worked in New York City since 1968. After graduating high school in Kingston she received her bachelor’s degree in 1967 from the University of Manitoba, in Winnipeg, Canada, and her master’s and Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University, in 1971 and 1984, respectively. She also holds a Certificate in Educational Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Dr. Keizs has served on the Boards of the National Council on Black American Affairs (Northeast), the Teachers College Alumni Council and the Association of Black Women in Higher Education. She was the Founding Editor of the New York Carib News and has published articles in her area of specialty, Afro-American Literature. Active in local civic organizations, she is currently Chair of the Board of the Morris Heights Health Center in The Bronx and a member of the Greenburgh Library Foundation.

She succeeds Dr. Robert L. Hampton.

York College, one of 11 senior colleges of The City University of New York, is located on Guy R. Brewer Blvd., in downtown Jamaica Queens. Nearly 6,000 students are enrolled in liberal arts, career and professional programs. York is home to the first B.A. program in New York City with a curriculum in Mortgage Finance, the only baccalaureate-level Social Work program in Queens and the only undergraduate program in Gerontology in CUNY. It has offered the only accredited Occupational Therapy degree program in CUNY for more than 25 years. New Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer Science and Communications Technology were introduced in 2003.

The recently constructed Food and Drug Administration Regional Laboratory and office building located on York’s campus has served to strengthen the already strong programs in the natural sciences offered by the College. FDA scientists and York College faculty share scientific equipment and engage in joint research, and York students are offered internship opportunities in FDA food and pharmaceutical testing laboratories.

The CUNY Aviation Institute at York College, established in 2002 with a grant from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, prepares students through undergraduate and graduate courses to meet the challenges of aviation careers, as well as offering high school enrichment programs. The York College Observatory Educational Outreach Service, which has received funding support from NASA, provides the latest astronomical techniques and perspectives to the College and the New York City Public Schools.

York’s modern campus includes a 6,600 square foot MicroComputer Center, a computer graphics lab and a computer music studio, as well as a 1500-seat auditorium, a 150-seat theater, and a 160,000 volume library, which is supplemented by access to the entire City University library system.

The City University of New York, the nation’s largest urban public university, includes 11 senior colleges, six community colleges, a graduate school, a law school and the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education and serves more than 450,000 degree-credit students and adult, continuing and professional education students. Forty-six thousand students are enrolled in College Now, the University’s partnership program with the public schools for high school students at CUNY campuses and more than 200 high schools throughout the five boroughs of the City of New York

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