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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 is working with key constituent groups to lay the groundwork to redesign the College and implement the expansion of the Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) initiative, which is aimed at ensuring that every student has the opportunity to graduate with a degree as quickly as possible. Under Dr. Isekenegbe’s leadership, this program will enhance the learning experience for each student and ultimately lead to an academic career of excellence. Dr. Isekenegbe is fully committed to creating a community of excellence at BCC, not just for students but for the entire campus and the surrounding communities. In addition to the ASAP program, Dr. Isekenegbe has overhauled the student services division by merging these services with Academic Affairs. This merger has provided BCC students and faculty with a unique opportunity to receive exceptional service all in one place.
Prior to his appointment to BCC, Dr. Isekenegbe was president of Cumberland County College, a community college located in Vineland, New Jersey. He has been a leader in developing 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 2013, Cumberland County College was 29th on Washington Monthly’s list of the nation’s best community colleges. In 2014, the College was named to the White House Honor Roll for Service and Civic Engagement.
Under President Isekenegbe’s leadership, 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 that resulted in a new computer network building, as well as additions and renovations of the administration and academic buildings and the awarding of contracts for the renovation and addition to the student services building. Since 2009, there have been more than $25 million of capital enhancements to the College’s campus.
From 2002 to 2009, Dr. Isekenegbe was Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Services at Cumberland County College, serving as the Chief Academic Officer and Enrollment Manager. Prior to that he was Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at Sussex County Community College from 1996 to 2001. He also served as Director of Interdisciplinary Studies at Coastal Carolina University, an undergraduate public university in Conway, South Carolina, from 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 Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.