Dr. Christine Mangino appointed the sixth president of Queensborough Community College by The City University of New York’s Board of Trustees

Published: June 29, 2020

A native New Yorker and first-generation college student, Dr. Christine Mangino will begin her role on August 17, 2020


Bayside, NY — Dr. Christine Mangino, an esteemed educator, pedagogical scholar, and advocate of student-centered learning, has been unanimously appointed the sixth president of Queensborough Community College by The City University of New York's Board of Trustees, effective August 17, 2020.​

QCC-P-Mangino.jpgCUNY Chancellor Félix V. Matos Rodríguez said President-designate Mangino, the Provost and Vice President at CUNY's Hostos Community College in the Bronx, is “driven by a deeply held belief in the importance of community colleges, along with her invaluable service at CUNY as an educator and administrator.”

Dr. Mangino, a first-generation community college graduate, will succeed Interim President Timothy G. Lynch, who has led Queensborough since September 2018, following the retirement of President Diane B. Call.

“Queensborough Community College is honored to have Dr. Mangino at the helm. She is a masterful educator, and unwavering in her commitment to providing diverse student populations with access to transformational educational opportunities. Her depth and breadth of experience is invaluable, and I look forward to working with her,” said Interim President Lynch.

With degrees from St. John's and Hofstra universities, as well as Nassau Community College, Dr. Mangino succeeds Dr. Call as Queensborough's second female president.

Under her leadership, Hostos has doubled its three-year graduation rates, expanded the college's online course offerings, and increased the number of students participating in service learning, where class assignments and projects take students into the community, encouraging civic engagement. At Dr. Mangino's direction, the College also acquired nearly $4 million in grants since 2014 for programs and projects that accelerated learning, improved mathematics and supported peer leadership in developmental education.

An innovator in continuous faculty development, she redefined education-leadership instruction at Hostos by convening a unique Best Practice Taskforce, launching the acclaimed Hostos Teaching Institute, and founding the College's prized Teaching Fellows program.

“Teachers of students of all ages have the greatest impact on their learning, outcomes and success,” she said.

A 2019 Aspen Presidential Fellow, Dr. Mangino increased Hostos' Faculty diversity and female representation, and collaborated with colleagues to incorporate cultural competencies within the curriculum. She is a keynote speaker at national and international conferences on higher education leadership and teaching innovation.

“One of the most important factors in engendering student success is keeping everyone -- teachers, students, parents and the community -- connected and invested in the learning process,” she said, having implemented a far-reaching Certificate program in the South Bronx that prepares students with intellectual and developmental disabilities for employment opportunities.

Prior to Hostos, Dr. Mangino taught in private and public schools in the New York area and developed Cultural Diversity courses that are widely used in the Early Childhood sector.

Queensborough Community College of The City University of New York (CUNY) is one of the most diverse campuses in the nation and is a critical gateway into higher education for many students who are the first in their families to attend college. The College's students have roots in 127 countries and speak 78 languages. The College is committed to open-admission access for all learners and provides a comprehensive educational experience for 15,000 students through its 40 academic programs, faculty-led research opportunities, and a personalized advisement program.

Queensborough is renowned for its Queensborough Academies, a nationally recognized student support initiative that serves all full-time degree students from the moment they enter to graduation and beyond. The initiative has yielded a significant increase in student retention and graduation rates. Queensborough is one of the few community colleges in the country offering such a program on this scale.

The College has 10 Dual/Joint programs with four-year CUNY institutions: Nursing with Hunter College, York College and CUNY School of Professional Studies; Biotechnology and Chemistry/Pharmaceutical Sciences with York College; Criminal Justice, Accounting for Forensic Accounting, and Science for Forensics with John Jay College of Criminal Justice; and Education with Queens College.

Queensborough Community College has become the only community college in New York and one of only 19 community colleges in the country to receive accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). In addition, Queensborough is now one of only eight community colleges out of 189 nationwide with an accredited theatre program. The College's Dance Program is one of only two colleges in New York that is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance.

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