The CUNY Board of Trustees appointed two new presidents to community colleges this summer. David Gómez, who has spent decades working within the CUNY system as a senior administrator and a professor, became president of Hostos Community College. Thomas Isekenegbe was chosen to lead Bronx Community College. He most recently served as president of Cumberland County College, a New Jersey community college. At Brooklyn College a search is underway to replace President Karen Gould, who announced that she will retire at the end of the academic year.
Gómez, a Bronx resident, spent more than a decade at Hostos Community College in senior administrative positions, including dean of the college, interim dean of academic affairs and special assistant to the president for management and planning. He went on to hold several senior administrative positions at Kingsborough Community College, including provost and interim vice president for academic affairs. Most recently, Gómez served as the interim president of Hostos.
BCC’s Isekenegbe led Cumberland County College for more than five years. In that role, he directed the redesign of remedial courses at the college and developed partnerships with neighboring high schools to align curriculum in English and math. Isekenegbe has also been a leader in data-driven academic programs, CUNY Newswire notes. In a 2011 interview posted on NJ.com, Isekenegbe voiced his support for the DREAM Act, and singled out the anti-union film “Waiting for Superman” as a good movie about education and “reform that is needed.”