City University of New York Interim Chancellor Vita C. Rabinowitz has appointed Claudia V. Schrader president of Kingsborough Community College and made interim appointments for the top posts at Queensborough and Borough of Manhattan Community Colleges.
The appointments are to be confirmed by the University’s Board of Trustees in the fall.
Schrader’s appointment at Kingsborough follows a highly accomplished 17-year career in the top ranks at two other CUNY community colleges. She is currently Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Success at Bronx Community College and previously served in senior positions at Medgar Evers College. Born and raised in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, Dr. Schrader earned her Doctor of Education degree in international and transcultural studies from Columbia University. She will take office Sept.15.
“This is an exciting time at CUNY, marked by spectacular growth in enrollment, a remarkable expansion of our physical plant, national acclaim for our colleges and prestigious awards and grants earned by our students and faculty,” said Board Chairperson William C. Thompson Jr. “Dr. Schrader is a valuable addition to the cohort of energetic new leaders on our campuses embracing the University’s proud history and helping CUNY set the standard for quality and access in public higher education in the United States.”
“I’m proud to recommend Claudia Schrader to the Board to lead Kingsborough Community College,” said Interim Chancellor Rabinowitz. “She has a proven record as an innovative leader, particularly in areas that are vital to student success at community colleges. Dr. Schrader has led initiatives that have resulted in improved graduation rates and the rapid expansion of ASAP, and she helped create a more positive educational experience and campus climate for the students, faculty and staff at Bronx Community College.”
Chancellor Rabinowitz also named Karrin E. Wilks to be interim president of Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) and Timothy G. Lynch as interim president of Queensborough Community College (QCC). Both will take office Sept. 1.
Dr. Wilks has been Senior Vice President and Provost of BMCC since 2014. Her eight years at CUNY also include senior positions at Medgar Evers and a tenure as University Dean of Undergraduate Studies. She was previously senior vice president at Vermont State Colleges. At BMCC, Dr. Wilks led the college’s recent successful Middle States self-study and reaccreditation processes and reorganized academic affairs to better support student and faculty success.
Dr. Lynch is currently Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Queensborough and has been a faculty member, department chairperson and chief academic officer at state maritime colleges in New York and California. A native New Yorker, Dr. Lynch earned history degrees at Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate School Center. His research interests focus on immigration and ethnicity and on America’s relationship with the sea. As provost, he has worked with campus constituencies to advance student success through a data-driven approach to enrollment management, instructional support and degree completion.
The City University of New York is the nation’s leading urban public university. Founded in 1847, CUNY counts 13 Nobel Prize and 23 MacArthur (“Genius”) grant winners among its alumni. CUNY students, alumni and faculty have garnered scores of other prestigious honors over the years in recognition of historic contributions to the advancement of the sciences, business, the arts and myriad other fields. The University comprises 25 institutions: 11 senior colleges, seven community colleges, William E. Macaulay Honors College at CUNY, CUNY Graduate Center, Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies, CUNY School of Law, CUNY School of Professional Studies and CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy. The University serves more than 275,000 degree-seeking students. CUNY offers online baccalaureate and master’s degrees through the School of Professional Studies.