THE PRESIDENT SERVES AS THE CHIEF ACADEMIC AND • Continuing to recruit and retain a high-quality and diverse faculty, and working with the faculty to
BROOKLYN COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS
reach higher levels of external support for research by forging new partnerships and initiatives.
ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER OF THE INSTITUTION
• Enhancing student services that support community, increase retention and graduation rates, and • Brooklyn College has increased both the size and academic quality of its student body
maintain the quality of its student-centered campus. over the past ten years. Students are better prepared, as evidenced by SAT scores and
The Chancellor and Brooklyn College seek a dynamic, visionary leader, noted for personal and
professional integrity, to inspire students, work well with faculty, engage its distinguished alumni, • Leading and working with an effective management team to create a safe and hospitable environ- high school averages, and the College’s academic standards have become correspond-
and guide the institution to yet higher levels of achievement and renown to serve as President of ment for the academic community and its purposes. ingly more rigorous.
Brooklyn College. • Collaborating with the office of academic affairs and faculty leadership to explore a possible • The Honors Academy at Brooklyn College is made up of six separate academic programs,
reorganization of the College’s academic structure. including the Macaulay Honors College. It attracts top-achievers and, over the past four
years, has produced a Rhodes, a Truman, and several Gilman Scholars.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE POSITION INCLUDE: • Taking a leadership role in fundraising by enhancing the institutional development strategy and
engaging in direct solicitations to expand the College’s resource base. • The Morton and Angela Topfer Library Café is CUNY's only 24/7 computing facility.
• A demonstrated record of senior management success in an institution of higher education Modeled after a downtown internet café, the Library Café has grown into a full service
• Demonstrating a “streets smarts,” dynamic and collaborative style of leadership that shows computing facility, with more than 80 workstations, all with Internet access and a legion of
or institution of comparable scope, with proven strengths in strategic planning, budgeting courage, transparency, and imagination in dealing with differing needs, opinions, and cultures in
and management; software applications.
order to build bridges among potentially competing interests and differing points of view.
• A commitment to the College’s mission to provide a top-quality education to a multi-cultural, • A private developer is currently constructing a multi-story student residence two blocks
multi-ethnic student body, and to building an inclusive and diverse community fully engaged from campus that will house some 220 Brooklyn College students. It is expected to open in
with the rich cultural, ethnic, religious and economic pluralism of New York City; HOW TO APPLY: fall 2009.
• A record of leadership in developing quality academic programs and supporting a distin- • The Magner Center for Career Development and Internships, established through the
The position is available on or before September 1, 2009. The review of applications has begun and
guished faculty, in an environment of shared governance; generosity of Marge Magner, ’69, offers across-the-board services to students interested in
will continue until the position is filled. Submission of applications is encouraged by April 10, 2009.
internships and looking for career counseling and assessment, interview training and job
• An earned doctorate, university-level teaching experience, and a record of scholarly Applicants should send (1) a letter of interest that addresses and demonstrates how they meet the
placements, and contacts with alumni mentors and employment recruiters.
achievement and professional distinction; Search Committee’s preferred qualifications, (2) their curriculum vitae, and (3) the names of five
references. References will not be contacted without the applicant’s prior permission. Please submit • Fundraising since 2000 was conceptualized as a successful 75th Anniversary Campaign,
• A strong record of success in attracting financial support from foundations, corporations, an electronic version of application to email@example.com. Nominators should send a which exceeded the goal of $75 million by 2006, and reported a total of $112 million raised
governmental sources and private donors; letter of nomination and, if possible, the nominee’s curriculum vitae. Applications and nominations by December 2008. A new campaign -- the “Foundation For Success” – has set a fund-
should be sent to: Ms. Dolly Martínez, Executive Director, Executive Search and Evaluation, The City raising target of $200 million target by 2012 to support (i) student success, (ii) academic
• A commitment to enhancing the quality of student life and strengthening the delivery of edu-
University of New York, 535 East 80th Street, New York, NY 10075. leadership, teaching and research; (iii) improved facilities and campus expansion, (iv) the
cational and support services to an urban and diverse student body;
annual fund, and (v) a graduate school of film. A case for support has been developed and
• A record of leadership in technological innovation; and the Brooklyn College Foundation is actively considering an appropriate launch date.
• The capacity to communicate persuasively the College’s mission and programs to multiple BROOKLYN COLLEGE • A major telecommunications and network infrastructure, including an extensive high-speed
local and national constituencies, including alumni/ae, the community, and governmental fiber connecting all buildings, modern voice and data cabling in over 96% of the campus's
bodies. Brooklyn College is an innovative liberal arts institution with a history of academic excellence in both classrooms, labs, and offices, and upgraded core network data switches, was implemented
undergraduate and graduate studies. Since its founding in 1930, the College has offered men and over the last decade. Internet bandwidth has been tripled and WiFi coverage in public
OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES FACING A NEW PRESIDENT women – many of them immigrants or the children of immigrants, often the first in their families to go to areas is being expanded. The College’s BC WebCentral portal includes customized infor-
college – a high-quality, affordable education leading to a productive career and a life rich in opportuni- mation services for students, faculty and staff, and offers many administrative functions on
ties. Noted for its outstanding faculty, a beautiful campus, and a commitment “to be the best,” Brooklyn 24/7. Using student technology fees, the College has upgraded classrooms and lecture
Committed to high standards in teaching and research, dedicated to a clearly-defined academic College has been designated one of “America’s Best Value Colleges” by the Princeton Review for the
vision in an urban setting, and with significant potential for the future, Brooklyn College offers halls with “smart” technologies and acquired technology carts and mobile laptop labs that
past five years, and in 2009 was cited as one of the top 50 Best-Value Public Colleges in the nation. facilitate technology instruction in classrooms.
many opportunities and challenges for a new President. These include:
A major capital construction and renovation program is currently underway. Over • The library, renovated and enlarged in 2002, is one of the largest and technologically most
• Maintaining the momentum created by its three-pillars strategic plan, the appointment of the past fifteen years, New York State has allocated more than $500 million in advanced academic libraries in New York State. Endowed with ample space for collec-
significant numbers of faculty, the enrollment of high-achieving students, and the rejuvena- capital funds to the College. The West Quad project, almost completed, consists of tions, Internet and computer access, research, and cultural events, it holds 1.3 million
tion of its facilities. a spacious quadrangle, state-of-the-art physical education and athletics facilities, volumes, 4,200 print journals, and provides access to over 40,000 electronic books and
and the consolidation of student services under one roof. Other major capital over 28,000 electronic journals. Between three and four thousand students and faculty
• Expanding yet further its role as a “model citizens” in both the college and the larger projects are a performing arts center and a new science complex for which use the library each day.
community, and drawing on the borough as both a resource and an object of study. architects have been selected. A privately-built and managed residential facility is
• Building up its strengths in the liberal arts by improving and enhancing undergraduate under construction; it will provide the first-ever housing provided for Brooklyn
programs and creating new programs that respond to the interests of its students and meet College students.
the needs of the community.
• Fostering the importance of graduate education in its overall strategic direction and expand-
ing opportunities in doctoral education, especially in the sciences.
• Nurturing innovations in curriculum and pedagogy, including the use of technology to
enhance student learning.
• Supporting comprehensive performance measures, strengthening academic program
reviews, and creating learning outcomes to ensure that all college programs remain of the
• Developing a marketing plan that conveys to local and national constituencies the College’s
strengths as a premier institution of higher education, the accomplishments of its faculty,
students, and alumni, and its role as a source of knowledge and services to the community.
ACADEMIC PROGRAMS THE STUDENTS
The College offers Baccalaureate, Master’s, and Doctoral Degree Programs. It awards bachelor Brooklyn College regards student success in its various forms as its primary goal. In fall 2008, total
of arts and bachelor of science degrees in more than seventy undergraduate programs of study, enrollment stood at 16,690, with 78% undergraduates and 22% graduate students. Undergraduate
including nationally recognized programs in business, creative writing, education, and the per- students are career-oriented—the top five undergraduate majors are Business, Management, and
forming arts, and offers more than sixty master’s degree programs. Doctoral degree programs Finance; Accounting/Public Accountancy; Psychology; and Childhood Education and Early Child-
are offered in conjunction with the CUNY Graduate Center. Doctoral students in the sciences hood Education. The top five graduate majors are English, Teaching Students with Disabilities,
work with faculty researchers in the natural sciences, in computer and information science, and in Middle Childhood Education (Math Specialist), School Counseling, and Adolescence Education
psychology. The Core Curriculum, long a national model, is the College’s signature program. (English). 77% of the students come chiefly from Brooklyn and 17.2% from NYC’s other boroughs.
The On-Course Advantage—the first program of its kind in the CUNY system—enables students They hail from 140 different countries and speak 89 languages. Of those reporting ethnicity, about
to graduate in the traditional four years by giving them priority registration, guaranteed access to 34% were white/non-Hispanic, 21% were Black/non-Hispanic, 12% were Asian/Pacific Islander, and
required courses, and one-on-one advising throughout their college careers. 10% were Hispanic. Graduates go on to law, medical, and graduate schools including Harvard,
Yale, Stanford, and the University of Pennsylvania.
RESEARCH CENTERS AND INSTITUTES
The Aquatic Research and Environmental Assessment Center conducts research on marine
and freshwater organisms so as to understand the response of marine biota to environmental
forces, organism behaviors, and the development of aquaculture.
The Brooklyn Center for Performing Arts is a community-oriented organization that sponsors
high-quality performing arts and arts education programs, reflective of Brooklyn’s diverse commu-
nities. The center annually attracts over 70,000 people to the campus. Artists that have graced
the stage include Luciano Pavarotti, Isaac Stern, Gregory Hines, Ray Charles and Itzhak
The Center for Diversity and Multicultural Studies promotes a dynamic multicultural academic F
environment through policy initiatives, public forums, curriculum and faculty development, student
empowerment, and community-based internships. It advances intellectual diversity by helping
recruit and support women and protected racial and ethnic populations within the College. THE FINANCES
The 2008-2009 operating budget is $114.7 million, funded through New York State, student tuition
The Center for the Study of Brooklyn is the first and only research institution devoted exclu- and technology fees. New York State capital funds allocated to the College were $223,427.
sively to the study of public affairs and policy issues in the borough. The center’s staff works with
Brooklyn-based constituencies to provide access to relevant data and research, to serve as a
catalyst for critical change, and to promote inclusive civic engagement in the borough. THE ALUMNI AND COMMUNITY ROOKLYN OLLEGE
The College has more than 100,000 alumni worldwide. Through the Brooklyn College Alumni Asso-
The Children’s Studies Program and Center is an interdisciplinary and inter-departmental field ciation and the Office of Alumni Affairs, it provides services, activities, and programs to maintain and
of study that draws together knowledge from the humanities, social and biological sciences, enhance the alumni connection to the College. Alumni serve as mentors, career advisers, and
medicine, and law to focus on specific aspects of children and childhood. It provides better sponsors of internships and scholarships. Alumni hold leading positions in business, law, medicine,
opportunities for the shaping of public policies that affect children and young people. academia, public service, and the entertainment industry. More than 3,000 are listed in Marquis
Who’s Who; more than 300 are presidents, vice-presidents, or chairpersons of major corporations.
The Speech and Hearing Center is a state-of-the-art facility that provides diagnostic and reha-
bilitative services for people with speech, language, voice and hearing impairment, including As a public institution, Brooklyn College assumes public responsibilities. It has actively broadened its
disorders of articulation and phonology, language, voice and stuttering, hearing impairment and engagement with the surrounding neighborhood and with Brooklyn's cultural and social organiza-
those with auditory processing disorders. It also serves as a clinical training facility for students tions, and partners with high schools throughout the borough. Its community newsletter brings
in the speech-language pathology master’s program and the doctoral program in audiology. campus services, facilities, and appropriate programs to the attention of Brooklyn residents.
The Wolfe Institute for the Humanities stands for excellence in research, publication, teaching, The Brooklyn College Foundation raises funds to encourage and promote the academic and the
and all forms of academic discourse. It sponsors lectures, seminars, colloquia, conferences, and educational welfare of students, faculty, alumni, and the community. An Executive Director, who is
study groups with the aim of keeping public conversation at Brooklyn College in touch with also the College’s Vice President for Institutional Advancement, manages the Foundation. More
advances in the humanities and social sciences. than $85 million in private funds has been raised since 2000, and as of December 2007 (before the
market downturn) total managed assets stood at over $57 million. Unrestricted and restricted funds
THE FACULTY are used to support scholarships, travel funds, professorships, endowed chairs, faculty research
time, and most recently, construction (the Leonard and Claire Tow Performing Arts Center).
As of fall 2008, full-time faculty numbered 538; more than half of them having been hired since
2000. Of that number, 507 are tenured or on tenure-track lines. Members of the faculty have
received Fulbright and Guggenheim Fellowships and music, art, and writing awards; many are ORGANIZATION AND GOVERNANCE
recipients of major grants from, among others, NASA, the Department of Defense, the National Brooklyn College is a constituent member of CUNY. The University is governed by a 17-member
Science Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health. The faculty includes Pulitzer-prize- Board of Trustees, which sets policy for the entire system. Brooklyn College has its own govern-
winning historian and writer Edwin Burrows, Pulitzer-prize-winning author, Michael Cunningham, ance plan (approved by the Board of Trustees), which provides for a faculty council, a committee of
and composer Tania León, a recent Guggenheim fellow. Award-winning short-story author Amy chairs, and three student governments. The College is subject to the provisions of the various
Hempel and world-renowned concert pianist Ursula Oppens joined the faculty this past year. collective bargaining agreements between the University and the faculty and staff unions.
For more information, please visit www.brooklyn.cuny.edu or www.cuny.edu
Publication prepared by CUNY Office of Executive Search & Evaluation in cooperation with Brooklyn College—March 2009