The Board of Trustees of The City University of New York has appointed Farley Herzek as the president of Kingsborough Community College. President Herzek, a highly experienced administrator has been serving as interim president of Los Angeles Harbor College – Los Angeles Community College District, the largest community college district in the nation. President Herzek, who has extensive educational experience, has served as interim president of East Los Angeles College, and prior to joining the Los Angeles Community College District he was vice president of academic affairs for the Desert Community College District, where he provided leadership for the facilities design and instructional planning for two new campuses in the Coachella Valley.
Chancellor James B. Milliken recommended President Herzek’s appointment following a national search. The Search Committee was chaired by CUNY Board of Trustees member Wellington Chen and included CUNY Trustees, a CUNY college president, as well as faculty, student and alumni representatives.
President Herzek’s appointment to Kingsborough is a homecoming for him as a first-generation American who grew up in the Canarsie section of Brooklyn and who was the first in his family to graduate from college. A product of New York City public schools including P.S. 115 and Isaac Bildersee I.S. 68, as well as a graduate of Canarsie High School, President Herzek began his college career at Brooklyn College and earned his Bachelor of Science degree from The City College of New York. He completed his Master of Arts degree and Teaching Credential in Technology Education at California State University, Long Beach, and his Professional Clear Administrative Services Credential from the University of La Verne. President Herzek is also the past Chair of the National Legislative Committee for the Association of Career and Technical Education.
Chancellor Milliken stated: “President Herzek brings to Kingsborough Community College extensive senior level administrative experience and an immediately apparent and enduring commitment to the educational mission of CUNY. As a first-generation American educated through the Brooklyn public schools and the CUNY system, he will help elevate one of the finest community colleges in the nation to its next level of high achievement.”
President Herzek stated: “It is a privilege to come back to Brooklyn, to serve the communities and the CUNY system that gave me my start in life. I was launched into the middle class because of open access, quality educational programs and the affordability of the CUNY system. I have had an opportunity to meet Kingsborough Community College faculty, staff, alumni and administrators during the interview process and I was very impressed with their passion for doing what is best for students. My beliefs, values and leadership qualities embrace collaboration, full participation, trust, and transparency, while valuing the greatness of our diversity. With all of us of working together, I am certain we can move Kingsborough Community College to the No. 1 position in the nation.”
President Herzek was also dean of the School of Trades and Industrial Technologies and interim provost for the Long Beach Community College District. His K-12 experience includes positions as assistant director of Career and Technical Education and as a full-time faculty member for the Long Beach Unified School District.
President Herzek currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Harbor City/Harbor Gateway Chamber of Commerce and Long Beach Hillel, and is a member of the Hispanic Association for Colleges and Universities (HACU). He has served on the Long Beach Area COMPACT and was the Executive Director for the Long Beach Industry Education Council — two Long Beach nonprofit agencies that were responsible for connecting Long Beach’s educational institutions with local business and industry. He received the Outstanding California Community College Administrator of the Year award from the California Industrial and Technology Education Association.
President Herzek is married to Cheryl, his wife of more than 31 years. They enjoy the arts, world travel, and supporting campus and community activities. For a big birthday, he went on a seven-day adventure, hiking to the summit (19,400’) of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa.
The Board of Trustees unanimously adopted a resolution of appreciation in recognition of the leadership of Interim President Stuart A. Suss, the longtime Kingsborough Community College provost who served for the second time as interim president during national searches.
Kingsborough Community College is widely acknowledged for its history of innovation, pioneering CUNY’s nationally acclaimed College Now, a transition-to-college program for high school juniors and seniors, which now serves 6,000 students in 35 high schools throughout New York City. Virtually all of these students enroll in a college upon graduation.
Kingsborough, which has articulation agreements with most of the CUNY and SUNY senior colleges and transfer agreements with several private colleges in the region, provides support for the Leon M. Goldstein High School for the Sciences, an on-campus public high school. The Kingsborough Early College Secondary School, part of CUNY’s Early College Initiative, is a 6-12 grade public high school that offers students the opportunity to take college courses at KCC concurrently with their high school studies, earning a high school diploma and an associate’s degree at the same time. The Kingsborough Center for Economic and Workforce Development provides under- and unemployed residents with the training and skills necessary to advance their careers or to continue toward a higher education goal.
Kingsborough’s student body is racially diverse, and more than half of its students were born outside of the U.S, representing 142 different countries and 73 different languages. Sixty percent of KCC’s students are the first generation to attend college and 58 percent are enrolled full time. More than one-fifth are age 25 or older and over 40 percent come from households with annual incomes of less than $20,000. Half the students work full time or part time while enrolled, and one in five supports children. Kingsborough offers a broad array of student services aimed at enabling its students to succeed.
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