Dr. Marcia V. Keizs to Step Down After 14 Years as President of York

York College President Marcia V. Keizs on June 3 announced she will step down effective Aug. 31, ending a tenure that she described as “14 wonderful and professionally satisfying years.”

Keizs, who came to CUNY in 1971 as an assistant professor of English, will next go to CUNY’s Bronx Community College, where she will return to the classroom and resume the activities that propelled the early stages of her distinguished career.

“Over the course of her nearly 15 years as president of York College, Marcia V. Keizs has spearheaded the elevation of its academic offerings, in both quantity and quality. She has been a consistent, creative innovator and a rock-solid steward.  Her efforts have served to advance the mission of the City of University of New York,” said William C. Thompson Jr., Chair of the CUNY Board of Trustees. “President Keizs’ leadership of York College was only the latest chapter in a distinguished career that has included stops at five CUNY colleges and in the central office. It is with heartfelt gratitude, and sincere respect, that I thank Marcia for her unparalleled dedication and commitment to this University. On behalf of the entire Board of Trustees, I wish Dr. Keizs all the best as she returns to the classroom to revisit the earliest successes of her remarkable career as an educator.”

“I want to thank President Marcia V. Keizs for her many years of honorable and prodigious service to the City University of New York, starting in 1971,” said Chancellor Félix V. Matos Rodríguez. “President Keizs has been a champion and role model to students and teachers at York College, greatly strengthening the school’s academic programs, increasing enrollment and expanding its national profile. She has worked tirelessly to enlist talented and diverse faculty, and she established the structure of three schools. President Keizs oversaw the restructuring of academic departments, to better serve students; additionally, she launched 13 undergraduate and master's programs, established three standalone departments and upgraded the school's physical and technological infrastructure, securing more than $200 million in capital funding. Her efforts are everywhere reflected in the success and identity of York College. We thank President Keizs for her decades of tireless service, and wish her all the best in her return to teaching and other future endeavors.”

Dr. Keizs began her tenure at York College on Feb. 14, 2005. After a still-memorable reception at the Jamaica, Queens, campus in which she greeted every available member of the college community, Dr. Keizs began putting together a formidable team to develop new success strategies for students and the overall growth of the college.

Under her leadership, the college has increased total enrollment by 25% and, in the past decade, first-year student enrollment has gone up by 61%; to enhance student success, the college established a Freshman Year program. President Keizs led the expansion of York’s undergraduate majors – from 46 in 2005, to 66 in 2018 – and the development of seven new undergraduate Programs: Aviation Management (2006), Journalism (2008), Pharmaceutical Sciences (2008), Health Sciences (2013), Nursing (2014), Public Health (2015), Finance (2017), and, with Queensborough Community College, a dual AS/BS in Biotechnology (2010).

She has also overseen the launch of master’s degree programs in Pharmaceutical Science (2016), Business (2016), Physician Assistant (2016, converted from a BS) and Social Work (2018). Aviation Management and Clinical Trials will be introduced this fall, and Nursing is scheduled to be launched in 2020.

Under Dr. Keizs’ leadership, York established a three-school structure in which academic programs are housed in the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business and Information Systems and the School of Health Sciences and Professional Programs. York has also expanded undergraduate research, honors programs and study away/study abroad, which has enabled students to study across the U.S. and around the world. To prepare students for work in the 21st century, the college has expanded internships and other experiential learning opportunities, including the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA).

For a comprehensive summary of York’s development and growth under President Keizs’ leadership, visit: https://www.york.cuny.edu/file-repository/mvk-accomplishments/view

“When I took the helm at York College, my vision was framed by the values and ideals that inspired and fueled the efforts of our founders,” said President Keizs. “Thus, I made a commitment to build on their good work and to expand the reach of the College to meet emerging contemporary needs.”

“I am proud to say that in due course, York College/CUNY has achieved significant milestones of which we can all be proud, thanks to the collaborative efforts of the entire college community, led by innovative faculty, dedicated administrators and staff, ambitious students and our supportive external community, including alumni, elected officials and volunteers; and with significant encouragement and assistance from CUNY’s Central administration and Board of Trustees.”

“These achievements serve our students well and position the College for future growth,” President Keizs noted. “Being a part of this extraordinary college has been a privilege, but it is time to pass the mantle of leadership to another.”

York College, a senior institution of The City University of New York (CUNY), offers baccalaureate degrees in the liberal arts and sciences, accounting and business, journalism, communications technology, computer science, biotechnology, social work, teacher education, various health professions including nursing and aviation management; and MS degrees in Pharmaceutical Science, Occupational Therapy and Physician Assistant Studies. Founded in 1966, the college has nearly 30 thousand alumni succeeding in almost every professional endeavor.

The City University of New York is the nation’s leading urban public university. Founded in 1847, CUNY counts 13 Nobel Prize and 24 MacArthur (“Genius”) grant winners among its alumni. CUNY students, alumni and faculty have garnered scores of other prestigious honors over the years in recognition of historic contributions to the advancement of the sciences, business, the arts and myriad other fields.  The University comprises 25 institutions: 11 senior colleges, seven community colleges, William E. Macaulay Honors College at CUNY, CUNY Graduate Center, Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies, CUNY School of Law, CUNY School of Professional Studies and CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy. The University serves more than 275,000 degree-seeking students. CUNY offers online baccalaureate and master’s degrees through the School of Professional Studies.