Dr. Diane Bova Call, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Named Interim President of Queensborough Community College

Dr. Diane Bova Call, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, whose career spans three decades at Queensborough and The City University of New York (CUNY), has been named Interim President of Queensborough Community College, effective July 1, 2010.

“My background in both the administrative and academic arenas at Queensborough has provided me with a unique perspective on how the achievements of the past have shaped the College’s success today,” said Dr. Call. “As we move forward, my focus will be to continue to improve the student learning experience, enhance academic leadership and to become an increasingly valuable resource to the broader community.”

Dr. Call, whose vast experience demonstrates a strong commitment to the life-long benefits of public higher education and diversity, has held positions that have encompassed virtually all major areas of administration and academics at Queensborough. As Provost, Dr. Call led the Academic Affairs Division to create a student centered learning environment in collaboration with the faculty and Student Affairs colleagues through curriculum and pedagogical innovations, academic enrichment activities such as undergraduate research, as well as instructional support and student service programs. Among her many outstanding achievements are programs for the recruitment and retention of faculty, and a faculty development program for their engagement in a variety of teaching modalities, high impact activities, e-learning, academic leadership  and pedagogical research in community college teaching.  Her partnership with Student Affairs led to the implementation of the Freshman Academies for all full-time, first-time freshmen, and the establishment of an assessment protocol to measure the success of the initiative on student learning outcomes. She instituted the Instructional Support Services Center and Learning Lab at Queensborough, and has led  Admissions Services; Skills Assessment Testing; Academic Advisement; the Freshman Year Program; College Discovery; and CSTEP. She consolidated Tutorial Services and the Writing Center, substantially increasing the number of students served.

Dr. Call holds a Doctor of Education degree in College and University Administration, a Masters degree in Community College Administration and a second Masters degree in Student Personnel Administration, all earned from Teachers College, Columbia University. Additionally, she holds a Certificate in Curriculum Development from Harvard University, School of Education. She was an Adjunct Professor at Long Island University, C.W. Post, Graduate School of Education; and an Adjunct Associate Professor at Queensborough Community College, Department of English. Dr. Call’s academic credentials, along with her publications and research presentations at academic conferences on ‘at risk’ students, gained her the rank of Full Professor in Student Personnel Services in 1994, having acquired tenure in 1978.

Dr. Call has served as a member of the Strategic Planning Steering Committee of the College of Aeronautics (now Vaughn College); a Consultant to the United States Department of Education, Higher Education Programs’ Division of Institutional Development; and Consultant to the New York City Public Schools on Health Occupation Vocational Programs. She served on the CUNY Welfare Advocate Council and was a Project Participant for Change and the New Jersey Community College; the Faculty Perspective, The Center for Community Colleges, Teachers College, Columbia University. Currently, she serves on the Board of the Queens Symphony Orchestra.

Queensborough Community College, a College of The City University of New York, is located on a picturesque 37-acre site in Bayside, Queens. The College offers a rich liberal arts and science curriculum, as well as career and pre-professional courses. Over half of the faculty holds doctorates compared with 21% of faculty in other community colleges nationwide. Comprising one of the most diverse populations of any college in the U.S., more than 15,000 students pursue Associate degrees or Certificate programs and another 10,000 students of all ages attend continuing education programs. Among the campus’s prized cultural resources are the Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center, the QCC Art Gallery, and the Queensborough Performing Arts Center (QPAC), created to stimulate ideas and intellectual curiosity while exposing students and the public to culture and the arts. Please visit our website at www.qcc.cuny.edu.

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