Provost Christine


Highly-Selective Program Expanding 
Talent Pipeline Amid Looming Shortage 
of Community College Presidents.

April 26, 2018 (Bronx, NY) – Eugenio María de Hostos CommunityCollegeof The City University of New York is proud to announce that Provost Dr. Christine Mangino has been awarded the prestigious Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence, a leadership program aimed at preparing the next generation of community college presidents to transform institutions across the nation to help students be more successful both in college and in the workforce.  

The fellowship is awarded by the Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program, an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, D.C.that aims to advance higher education practices, policies, and leadership that significantly improve student outcomes. 

“Dr. Mangino has been invaluable to the planning and execution of the curriculum and programs that allow Hostos to serve the students of the South Bronx,” Hostos President Dr. David Gómez said. “Without her forward-thinking approach and love for what she does, we simply could not execute our important educational mission to serve one of the most diverse student bodies in the nation.”

Dr. Mangino and the 39 other Aspen Presidential Fellows will embark on a 10-month fellowship beginning in July 2018. Delivered in collaboration with the Stanford Educational Leadership Initiative, the Fellows will be mentored by community college leaders who have had outstanding results for their students, learn from national experts about ways to use data to make their students more successful, and learn how to create strong external partnerships with K-12 schools, four-year colleges, and employers in their community. 

“I am so excited to be selected for this prestigious fellowship and this opportunity to learn from current presidents, as well as my cohort of fellows,” Dr. Mangino said. “I look forward to enhancing my leadership skills while learning from these leaders about their colleges and potential strategies we can implement to support our students’ success and our college community.”

The Aspen Fellowship responds to a growing need for a new generation of leaders who are well-equipped to meet the challenges facing community colleges: 
  • Nationally, nearly 80 percent of sitting presidents plan to retire in the next decade. 
  • Traditionally, the path to college presidency has excluded women and people of color: Currently, 71 percent of sitting community college presidents are white and 64 percent are male. 
  • The incoming class of Aspen Presidential Fellows is composed of 65 percent women, 43 percent people of color and represents institutions of varying size and geographical spread.
Dr. Mangino was selected through a rigorous process that considered her abilities to take strategic risks, lead strong teams and cultivate partnerships, and focus on results-oriented improvements in student success and access.

With the average community college enrolling about 14,000 students, each Fellow who becomes a president has an opportunity to improve outcomes for hundreds of thousands of students over his or her career. To date, 20 Aspen Presidential Fellows are now sitting community college presidents at institutions that collectively serve more than 250,000 students nationwide.

The Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence is supported by the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, College Futures Foundation, ECMC Foundation, Greater Texas Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 
About Hostos Community College
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College is an educational agent for change that has been transforming and improving the quality of life in the South Bronx and neighboring communities for a half-century. Since 1968, Hostos has been a gateway to intellectual growth and socioeconomic mobility, as well as a point of departure for lifelong learning, success in professional careers, and transfer to advanced higher education programs.
Hostos offers 27 associate degree programs and two certificate programs that facilitate easy transfer to The City University of New York’s (CUNY) four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions. The College has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Development that offers professional development courses and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. Hostos is part of CUNY, the nation’s leading urban public university, which serves more than 500,000 students at 24 colleges. 
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