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Passing of Dr. Kurt Schmeller, former President of Queensborough Community College

January 18, 2022

Dear Colleagues:

I regret to inform you that former Queensborough Community College President, Dr. Kurt R. Schmeller, passed away on Saturday, January 15.

Dr. Schmeller, 84, served as President of Queensborough for 32 years (from 1966 to 1999). He was just 29 when he was named the College’s third President. He was a former assistant to the president and history professor at Wisconsin State. During his tenure, Dr. Schmeller presided over historic growth and change at Queensborough and throughout the country. His vision for the College ran parallel to these changes. He advocated for students to attend college who would not, under ordinary admission standards, be eligible for enrollment. In his first year as President, he founded a performing arts series, established an art gallery on the third floor of the administration building and broke ground on three new buildings, including the library, now known as the Kurt R. Schmeller Library.

His accomplishments and contributions to Queensborough included the establishment of Port of Entry, an innovative program developed to ease adjustment to life in the United States for foreign students, particularly those from China. It was considered the first such comprehensive program in the country.

Dr. Schmeller opened an off-campus extension center to assist students interested in aviation and transportation-related areas of study. Classes were held in Pan American Cargo Building #67 at JFK International Airport. He invited Senator Robert Kennedy to speak on campus on January 10, 1968, to a packed gymnasium. Five months later, Senator Kennedy was assassinated. In May of 1969, the gymnasium was named in Kennedy’s honor.

Dr. Schmeller was an ardent supporter of the QCC Art Gallery. He and his wife Beata regularly attended Art Gallery openings on campus until a few years ago due to his health.

Dr. Schmeller, who was born in Johnson City, N.Y., majored in European history at Bates College and earned his master's and doctoral degrees at Princeton.

Visitation will be held at Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home today from 2:00-4:00pm and 6:00-8:00pm. A service will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, January 19 at 11:00am at Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home. Interment, Flushing Cemetery. A memorial will occur in the spring. Donations in memory of Dr. Schmeller may be made to the QCC Art Gallery.


Dr. Christine Mangino

The Cabinet

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The CUNY Board of Trustees mandates that each College in the City University of New York have a Governance Plan and Governance Body with mixed constituencies. Such bodies will deal with policy matters for the college and for the University. Queensborough has its own Governance Plan. That plan creates the Academic Senate as the local governing body and it has its own Bylaws of the Academic Senate and there are also the Bylaws of the Faculty, both of which need to be consistent with the QCC Governance Plan. The Senate and faculty have authority to alter their bylaws. Only the CUNY BOT may alter the Governance Plan upon request from the College being formally submitted from at least two of the following constituencies: the President, the Faculty or the Students supported by formal referenda.

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Christine Mangino


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Amaris Matos

Executive Advisor to the President for Equity

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Timothy Lynch

Provost & Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs

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William V. Faulkner

Vice President for Finance and Administration

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Brian Mitra

Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management

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The Strategic Plan

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The process is informed by the input from academic departments, college divisions, HEO and student feedback, and year-long consultation with the College Advisory Planning Committee (CAPC), which comprises the senior leadership of the college, the faculty, and the students.

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Campus Cultural Centers

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The QCC Art Gallery of the City University of New York is a vital educational and cultural resource for Queensborough Community College, the Borough of Queens and the surrounding communities.