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The CUNY Board of Trustees voted to appoint Dr. Patricia Ramsey, an innovative educator with extensive experience as a leader at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), as the sixth president of Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn. The CUNY senior college, a Predominantly Black Institution and an Emerging Hispanic-Serving Institution, was created in response to community advocacy in 1970 and named for the iconic civil rights leader slain seven years earlier.

Dr. Ramsey, whose appointment is effective May 1, will be the first woman to serve as the president of Medgar Evers College. A biologist by training, she comes to CUNY from the Thurgood Marshall College Fund in Washington, D.C., where she spent the past year as a senior executive fellow. She previously served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, the oldest degree granting HBCU in the nation. She began her career as a biology professor and brings more than three decades of wide-ranging experience as an educator, scientist, scholar and student-focused leader at universities in Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina.

Dr. Ramsey earned a bachelor’s degree in biology education from Norfolk State University, a master’s in botany from Howard University, a master’s in biology from Harvard University and the Ph.D. in biology from Georgetown University. She completed leadership programs in the Civic Leadership Institute, Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ Millennium Leadership Initiative.

Dr. Ramsey began higher education administration as a deputy fundraising officer at Norfolk State University and transitioned to academic administration as vice president for academic affairs at North Carolina’s Shaw University, a post followed by a 12-year tenure at Bowie State University in Maryland. There, she served as provost and vice president for academic affairs, as well as interim president, before returning to full-time teaching and chairing the Department of Natural Sciences.

The nationwide search for a president was coordinated by a 13-person committee of administrators, faculty, alumni and students and included Mrs. Reena Evers-Everette, the daughter of Medgar Evers and CUNY Chairperson Thompson.

Keight Tucker Kennedy and Sheryl Ash led this search with Martens Roc.


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