Karrin E. Walks Named BMCC Interim President

Karrin E. Wilks, Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC/CUNY) Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, has been appointed Interim President of BMCC by Interim CUNY Chancellor Vita Rabinowitz. She will assume the role as President Antonio Pérez steps down on August 31.

Wilks has served in public higher education administration for more than 30 years and has extensive experience developing and evaluating policy and programs aimed at improving student success, particularly for underserved populations.

Her leadership includes a focus on strategic planning, program design and implementation, college readiness and developmental education, evidence-based retention and success strategies, leadership development, and improving teaching and learning across disciplines.

Wilks’ emphasis on equity in education, which includes building strategies to move students more quickly through remedial or developmental instruction and into credit-bearing courses, relates to national trends in access to higher education. Her commentary article, “Turning the Dial on Developmental Outcomes,” appeared in Community College Daily in December 2016, and she is featured in the Education Dive column, “Office Hours: Borough of Manhattan Community College Provost Karrin E. Wilks.” Wilks is also quoted on the subject of college readiness and equity in articles including “Solving the Remediation Riddle in Higher Ed,” (University Business, 2016) and others.

In 2016, Wilks was selected as one of 40 community college leaders nationwide for the inaugural class of the Aspen Presidential Fellowship, which is described by Walter G. Bumphus, President and CEO of the American Association of Community College as being “essential to preparing capable and courageous leaders ready to elevate community colleges to greater levels of student success, while maintaining a commitment to access.”

Prior to joining BMCC, Wilks served as the Senior Vice President and Interim Provost for Medgar Evers College, and held the position of University Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the CUNY Central Office of Academic Affairs.

Earlier in her career, she served as Senior Vice President for the Vermont State Colleges, taught writing and humanities courses at the Community College of Vermont and served on the faculty of the Vermont Leadership Institute. Wilks earned an Ed.D. in Policy and Leadership Development, and M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Vermont. She holds a B.A. in History/Creative Writing from Middlebury College.