BCC is the first community college campus to earn the distinction
October 26, 2012—Bronx, New York — Carole M. Berotte Joseph, President of the Bronx Community College of the City University of New York, announces that the college is one of twenty national sites newly designated as a National Historic Landmark. The official announcement was made on October 17, 2012 by United States Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar.
According to Secretary Salazar’s statement: “Each of these landmarks teaches us about the history of our land, our people, and our nation, from archeological sites dating back more than two millennia to a mid-twentieth century building.”
In his specific reference to Bronx Community College, its University Heights campus was cited as “a nationally significant example of Beaux-Arts architecture in the United States, and among the most important works by Stanford White, partner in McKim, Mead & White, the preeminent American architectural firm at the turn of the 20th century.” The campus is now one of only 2,527 designated national historic landmarks around the county—and the very first community college to enjoy this honor.
President Berotte Joseph was appointed BCC President in 2011. One of her first acts upon coming on board was launching an effort to achieve national landmark status for the campus, which has long been recognized for its historically important architecture. The campus has been the college’s home since 1973. It was formerly part of New York University.
“This important designation will go a long way to enable us to raise the necessary funds to help us restore and preserve Gould Memorial Library, the Hall of Fame for Great Americans, and the other architectural treasures for which this campus is well known,” says President Berotte Joseph. “Along with the recent completion of our new North Hall and Library, this will help us to further enhance the student experience and support our commitment to student achievement and success.”
She added, “It is a special mark of pride to be the first community college in the nation, to receive such a distinction. This recognition will benefit our college, the City University of New York, the city, and the country as a whole, as it helps to bring us into the limelight as we carry out our mission of providing access to quality education and career development and contributing to the workforce of the 21at century.”