In August 2015, The City University of New York (CUNY) Board of Trustees appointed Thomas A. Isekenegbe (pronounced “Se-ken-egbe”) as the sixth president of Bronx Community College (BCC). Dr. Isekenegbe has an outstanding administrative, teaching and leadership record that spans nearly 30 years at both two-year and four-year institutions of Higher Education.

Dr. Isekenegbe’s commitment to student success is unbounded. Under his leadership, BCC thrives with the continued expansion of the Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP), which aims to ensure that every student has the opportunity to graduate with a degree in three years or less. This program enhances the learning experience for each student and supports academic excellence. In recognition of these and other efforts, BCC was named Institutional Member of the Year by the Bronx Chamber of Commerce at their 2018 Bronx Business Awards.

In addition to creating a community of excellence at BCC, Dr. Isekenegbe is also committed to improving the entire campus and surrounding communities. This has included an overhaul of the student services division by merging its services with those in academic affairs. BCC students and faculty now receive exceptional high-quality service in one single place, reducing confusion and wait times. Dr. Isekenegbe also improved the enrollment process; leading teams in Admissions, IT, Testing, and ASAP in the continuation of significant enhancements to data integration and automation. From this, the Admissions team was able to increase the automation of the enrollment processes for CUNY Start and Math Start programs. BCC has now also introduced CUNY’s first Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Cybersecurity and Networking, as well as a certificate under the same name. This offering will meet the soaring demands for IT specialists who can protect computer networks from cyber attacks and other threats.

Prior to his appointment to BCC, Dr. Isekenegbe was president of Cumberland County College, a community college located in Vineland, New Jersey. He developed high-quality academic programs that are data-driven and responsive to current labor market demands. He directed the revision and redesign of Cumberland County College’s remedial courses and programming to fast-track student completion. The redesign was driven by longitudinal data collected in both remedial math and reading. Under his direction, the College joined the Achieving the Dream network of schools in 2010, which promotes the use of data to make strategic academic decisions. In 2014, Cumberland County College was named to the White House Honor Roll for Service and Civic Engagement. In 2013, it was 29th on Washington Monthly’s list of the nation’s best community colleges.

During his tenure, Cumberland County College restructured its “Pathways to Leadership” program of professional and personal development for faculty and staff and strengthened “Leadership Cumberland County,” a citizens’ program for civic, business and professional leaders in the county. The College also developed a physical facilities master plan, erected a new computer network building, completed additions and renovations of administration and academic buildings, and was awarded contracts for the renovation and addition to the student services building. More than $25M in capital enhancements to the campus were completed.

Prior to his presidencies, Dr. Isekenegbe served as Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Services at Cumberland County College (2002 to 2009), Chief Academic Officer and Enrollment Manager, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at Sussex County Community College (1996 to 2001), and Director of Interdisciplinary Studies at Coastal Carolina University (1988 to 1996).

Dr. Isekenegbe was born in Nigeria, making him the first CUNY president originally from Africa. And like more than half of BCC scholars, he was the first in his family to attend college, receiving a bachelor’s degree in biology with honors from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He went on to attend Indiana State University, where he earned a Master’s in Science Education, as well as an Ed.S. and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction.

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