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Farley Herzek returns to his native Brooklyn as president of Kingsborough Community College, after working an educator in Southern California for more than three decades.
Prior to his June 2014 appointment to Kingsborough, he served as interim president for Los Angeles Harbor College (11,000 students) ‐ Los Angeles Community College District. He has also served as interim president of East Los Angeles College (35,000 students) and vice president of academic affairs for the Desert Community College District. During that time he provided leadership for the facilities design and instructional planning for two brand new campuses in the Coachella Valley. He also served as the dean of the School of Trades and Industrial Technologies and interim provost for the Long Beach Community College District. President Herzek’s K‐12 experience includes serving as the assistant director of Career and Technical Education and as a full‐time faculty member for Long Beach Unified School District. A 2016 recipient of the Hebrew Educational Society award for Academic Excellence, President Herzek is a product of the New York City public school system and the City University of New York, he attended Brooklyn College and earned his Bachelor of Science degree from City College of New York. He completed his Master of Arts degree and Teaching Credential in Technology Education at California State University Long Beach and his Professional Clear Administrative Services Credential from the University of La Verne.
President Herzek is the past chair of the National Legislative Committee for the Association of Career and Technical Education. He has served on the board of directors for the Harbor City/Harbor Gateway Chamber of Commerce and Long Beach Hillel. He is a member of the Hispanic Association for Colleges and Universities (HACU). He has served on the Long Beach Area COMPACT and was the executive director for the Long Beach Industry Education Council—two Long Beach non‐profit agencies that were responsible for connecting Long Beach’s educational institutions with local business and industry. He received the Outstanding California Community College Administrator of the Year award from the California Industrial and Technology Education Association.
President Herzek is first generation American. His father immigrated to the United States after being liberated from a concentration camp at the end of World War II. His father learned English at a New York City adult education program in order to get his first job in America as a butcher, and President Herzek is the first in his family to graduate college. He is married to his wife Cheryl, a former educator and a K‐12 counselor, and adjunct counselor in the California Community College system for more than 30 years.