A Statement from Timothy G. Lynch, Ph.D., Interim President of Queensborough Community College
Our thoughts are with all those struggling with inconsolable grief as a result of the deadly attack at the Tree of Life Synagogue over the weekend. A tragedy of this scale stuns and saddens us all. For many, this horrific attack triggers memories of prejudice and even violence suffered because of differences in beliefs, national origin, race or gender.
In response to this tragic event the student-led Hillel Club will host a college-wide event at our Kupferberg Holocaust Center on Wednesday, October 31st at 12:15 pm that will include remarks by Rabbi Akiva Rutenberg of the Emet Outreach Organization, as well as Queensborough Professor Reuvain Zahavy, advisor to the club. The Kupferberg Center will also hold an indoor candlelight vigil and read the names of the victims during our Annual Kristallnacht Commemoration on Sunday, November 11 at 1pm.
Queensborough will also hold a moment of silence during our Annual Veterans Day Reflection and Remembrance Ceremony at the Charles F. Bova Veterans Memorial Grove on Wednesday, November 7 at 9:30 am.
The deadly anti-Semitic act of violence at the Tree of Life Synagogue took place only days after two African-Americans were randomly murdered while shopping for groceries in a Louisville suburb, and multiple explosive devices were sent to national leaders.
During this time, it is more important than ever for our entire community, including our students, faculty, and staff, to unite and hold close Queensborough’s everlasting principles of inclusiveness, equality, trust and respect.
Please remember that our Counseling Center is always available to provide personal support and other free resources for members of the College community. Information about additional services for Queensborough employees is available through the CUNY Work/Life Program.
Timothy G. Lynch, Ph.D.
Welcome our new Interim President
Timothy G. Lynch, Ph.D.
Interim Chancellor Vita C. Rabinowitz appointed Timothy G. Lynch, Ph.D. to serve as Interim President of Queensborough Community College, effective September 1, 2018.
Dr. Lynch will succeed Dr. Diane B. Call, who will retire as President at the end of this month, capping a distinguished 47-year career at Queensborough Community College where she served the last eight years as its first woman President.
Dr. Lynch, the College's Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, joined Queensborough in 2017. In this role, he works closely with faculty from seventeen 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.
As an award-winning scholar and seasoned administrator, Dr. Lynch's broad scope of experience in public higher education includes that of faculty member, department chairperson, 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, Dr. 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.
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.