2018-08-15 / Features

QCC’s New Interim President Appointed

Timothy G. Lynch, Ph.D. Timothy G. Lynch, Ph.D. CUNY Interim Chancellor Vita C. Rabinowitz has appointed Timothy G. Lynch, Ph.D. to serve as interim president of Queensborough Community College, effective September 1.

Dr. Lynch will succeed Dr. Diane B. Call, who will retire as president in August, capping a distinguished 47-year career at Queensborough Community College where she served the last eight years as its first woman president.

Lynch joined Queensborough Community College in 2017. As provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs he works closely with faculty from 17 academic departments and oversees campus efforts related to various university initiatives, including strategic planning for the Connected CUNY pillars of access and completion, college readiness, and knowledge creation.

An award-winning scholar and seasoned administrator, Lynch’s broad scope of experience in public higher education includes that of faculty member, department chair, and chief academic officer at public universities in California and New York. Before joining Queensborough he served as provost and vice president of Academic Affairs at SUNY Maritime College, with prior teaching and administrative experience at the California Maritime Academy, a specialized campus of the California State University system.

While at Maritime, Lynch oversaw the efforts that led to the creation and funding of the institution’s first Center for Teaching and Learning, which improved retention, persistence and graduation rates while also providing important faculty development opportunities for individuals interested in the scholarship of teaching and learning.

“My focus as interim president of Queensborough

Community College will center on providing our students with access to transformational educational opportunities through competitive and rigorous academic programs,” Lynch said, noting, “Queensborough is positioned to continue its trajectory of excellence and lead the way as a flagship institution of higher education in the 21st century.”

A native New Yorker and first-generation college student, Dr. Lynch earned degrees from Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate School and University Center, all in history. His professional associations include American Irish Historical Society, National Maritime Historical Society and North American Society for Oceanic History. His research interests focus on immigration and ethnicity, and on America’s relationship with the sea.

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