CUNY Board Appoints Stuart Suss As Interim President of Kingsborough Community College

April 29, 2013 | The University

The Board of Trustees today approved the appointment of Dr. Stuart Suss as Interim President of Kingsborough Community College, effective Sept. 1, 2013, pending completion of a search to replace Dr. Regina Peruggi, who will step down from the presidency at the end of the summer. Dr. Suss’ appointment was recommended to the Board by Chancellor Goldstein.

Dr. Suss currently serves as Kingsborough’s Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, and “is highly qualified to assume the responsibilities of Interim President, with over 30 years of experience in key leadership positions at Kingsborough,” the Trustees said in a resolution approving the appointment.

Dr. Suss, who stepped in as Kingsborough’s Interim President, from Dec. 19, 2011 through March 9, 2012, previously served as a dean and as the college’s first Director of Collaborative and Special Programs, responsible for the development, implementation and supervision of key programs, including College Now and Family College. He has served as Kingsborough’s Chief Academic Officer since 1999. Dr. Suss has a distinguished background in Latin American and Caribbean history and is a tenured member of Kingsborough’s Department of History, Philosophy and Political Science.

Dr. Peruggi announced her intention to step down on April 5, and will serve as President until Aug. 31. She has led Kingsborough for nine years, a tenure she described as “challenging, creative, exciting, productive, and a great deal of fun” in a letter to college staff. “I have rarely found a group of individuals – faculty, staff, and board members – filled with such compassion, commitment and dedication to our students’ success,” she wrote.

Chancellor Goldstein expressed his “deep gratitude” to President Peruggi for her “outstanding work” at the University. “You have been an exemplary leader, bringing together a talented and dedicated community of faculty and staff who, under your guidance, have created an educational environment that is truly fostering the success of the college’s students,” he wrote to her on April 12. “You have been an exceptional ambassador for the mission and value of community colleges, and your passion for serving students with integrity and care has been a major factor in the increased attention community college education is receiving both locally and nationally.”

The Chancellor cited the recent naming of Kingsborough as one of four finalists with distinction for the Aspen Institute’s 2013 Prize for Community College Excellence. The prestigious national prize recognizes institutions for achievement in four areas: student learning outcomes, degree completion, employment success and facilitating minority and low-income student success.

“Kingsborough Community College has achieved strong results in graduation, transfer, and employment outcomes while working with an extremely diverse group of students, many who face challenging life circumstances,” said Josh Wyner, executive director of the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program, when the $100,000 award was announced in Washington, D.C. in March.

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