New CEOs

Claudia Schrader will serve as president of Kingsborough Community College in New York as of September 15. She is currently provost and senior vice president for academic and student success at Bronx Community College (New York), where she has served for five years. Previously, Schrader was associate provost for academic development at William Paterson University (New Jersey). She also was an associate provost, assistant provost and deputy chair of the education department at Medgar Evers College.

Schrader has a proven record as an innovative leader, particularly in areas that are vital to student success at community colleges, City University of New York (CUNY) Interim Chancellor Vita Rabinowitz said in an announcement. Schrader has led initiatives that have resulted in improved graduation rates and the rapid expansion of CUNY’s Accelerated Studies in Associate Programs at the college, Rabinowitz said.

CEOs on the move

Larry Ferguson will serve as the next president of Kentucky’s Ashland Community and Technical College, effective October 1. He is currently vice president and acting chancellor for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS). Ferguson previously served at the college as its dean of community, workforce and economic development and later as dean of resource development and external affairs, as well as executive director of the college’s foundation. He moved to the KCTCS office in 2014 as vice chancellor of economic development and workforce solutions and interim vice chancellor of academic affairs. Ferguson has also served as president for about a year at Bevill State Community College in Alabama before returning to Kentucky.

Interim CEOS

Timothy Lynch will serve as interim president of Queensborough Community College in New York, effective September 1. He joined the college in 2017 as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. Previously, Lynch was 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.

Karrin Wilks will be interim president of Borough of Manhattan Community College, effective September 1. She has served as senior vice president and provost at the college since 2014. Her eight years at CUNY also include senior positions at Medgar Evers College and a tenure as university dean of undergraduate studies in the CUNY Central Office of Academic Affairs. Wilks was previously senior vice president and vice president for academic and strategic planning at the Vermont State Colleges system.


Walter G. Bumphus, president and CEO of the American Association of Community Colleges, will serve on the National Advisory Board for the Social Mission of Nursing Education Study. The board will help to develop a group statement on the social mission of nursing education. The George Washington University Health Workforce Institute and School of Nursing will lead the study, which is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


Stephen Scott, president of Wake Technical Community College in North Carolina, has received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine award, the highest honor bestowed upon a private citizen in North Carolina. Gov. Roy Cooper made the presentation on August 7 at the opening of the new Wake Tech Research Triangle Park Campus. The award recognizes Scott’s leadership as president and his lifelong commitment to education.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper presents Wake Technical Community College President Stephen Scott with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine award. (Photo: Wake Tech)


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