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On August 23, 2004 Russell K. Hotzler became the eighth president of New York City College of Technology of The City University of New York, bringing to his position a wealth of experience in higher education and a deep commitment to enhancing the academic opportunities afforded to the students served by the City University of New York.
During Dr. Hotzler’s tenure at City Tech enrollments have risen from 11,769 in fall 2004 to over 17,400 in fall 2015, a 48% increase, and the full-time faculty has grown by 160, now totaling 425. Significant curriculum reform has been underway and faculty and student research has expanded rapidly. The College has launched an ambitious program of renovating and enlarging its physical plant to provide technically advanced instructional facilities for its expanding professional programs. Most prominent is construction of a new 365,000 square foot academic complex that will provide state-of-the-practice facilities to City Tech’s healthcare and science program. Under President Hotzler, the College has gained widespread recognition as a key educational partner in the economic renaissance of Brooklyn and is seen as a leader in producing a technologically sophisticated workforce in STEM-related areas. .
Prior to this presidency, Dr. Hotzler served as the Vice Chancellor for Academic Program Planning at The City University of New York, a position that held system-wide responsibility for planning and program initiatives. Prior to becoming Vice Chancellor Dr. Hotzler held the position of Interim President at York College, following a two-year tenure as Interim President at Queens College. He directed each through a period of administrative transition and restructuring. Dr. Hotzler joined CUNY as a faculty member at Queensborough Community College in 1971 where he taught and served as Vice President for Academic Affairs prior to joining the University’s central administration in 1995.
His University-wide responsibilities have included oversight of academic program initiatives and liaison to the State Education Department and the Middle States Association. He also coordinated the University’s Teacher Education initiatives, worked with the colleges to ensure compliance with new State requirements for the professions and teacher education, and served as liaison to the NYC Board of Education in matters of teacher education and development of new performance standards for K-12 mathematics and science instruction.
Dr. Hotzler currently serves as Chair of the New York State Regents Advisory Committee on Accreditation. His other experiences include working with the Hospital for Special Surgery’s Bio-Engineering Department where he studied metal-tissue interactions and wear characteristics of metal implants, and serving as a NASA research fellow studying the microstructure and characteristics of oxide-dispersion strengthened alloys at the NASA Research Center in Ohio.
Dr. Hotzler was awarded the American Society for Metals Education Award, given in recognition of contributions to the teaching of science and was elected to the Board of the National Education Committee of the American Society of Metals. He is also a recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and the Christopher Columbus Award from the Italian Charities of America. Dr. Hotzler has been active in numerous professional societies including the American Society for Metals, the American Society for Testing and Materials, the American Society for Engineering Education and Sigma XI. He was recently honored by the American Red Cross Brooklyn chapter for distinguished service.
A native New Yorker, Dr. Hotzler holds a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Master of Science degree in Metallurgical Engineering and a Ph.D. In Physical Metallurgy from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn (today the Polytechnic Institute of NYU) where he also served as a member of the faculty in the Department of Physical and Engineering Metallurgy.