President Marcia V. Keizs
On Valentine’s Day (February 14) 2005, Dr. Keizs became the sixth president of York College in Jamaica, Queens. York College, a senior college of the City University of New York (CUNY) established in 1966, enrolls over 8,242 students in liberal arts, career and professional programs on its modern 50-acre downtown Jamaica campus. In addition to offering baccalaureate degrees in the liberal arts and sciences, business, health, human services and teacher education professional programs. York is the only CUNY senior college offering majors in gerontology, biotechnology, information systems management, and a BS/MS degree in occupational therapy. York is the home of the CUNY Aviation Institute and the Northeastern Regional Laboratory of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Under Dr. Keizs’ seven year leadership, York College has strengthened its academic programs by gaining national accreditations and creating new academic offerings in Aviation Management, Pharmaceutical Science, Journalism and Generic Nursing. The president has been credited with placing York firmly on the path to excellence within the CUNY system.
Over the last seven years, York College has increased its full-time faculty by approximately 40% and established an Undergraduate Research Program and a collaborative Honors Program with the FDA while structuring the College into three schools—School of Business & Information Systems; School of Health & Behavioral Sciences; and School of Arts & Sciences. Student enrollment has grown by 25% with freshman enrollment experiencing an unprecedented 61% growth over five years during which freshman admissions standards were raised and a private fundraising campaign for Merit Scholars was undertaken. By 2011, enrollment continued to climb by 5.4%.
Dr. Keizs serves on the NCAA Division III President’s Council and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) Council of State Representatives. She also serves on the boards of the American Council on Education’s Commission on Effective Leadership (ACE); the Morris Heights Health Center; the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation; and the Jamaica YMCA. Dr. Keizs is the founding editor of the New York Carib News and has published articles in her area of specialty, African American Literature. Dr. Keizs was recently appointed by Governor Cuomo to the newly established New York City Regional Economic Development Council which is charged with redesigning the relationship between the state government and businesses to stimulate regional economic development and create jobs statewide.
A native of Kingston, Jamaica, Dr. Keizs is a graduate of the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada (B.A. 1967), and Teachers College, Columbia University (M.A. 1971 and Ed.D. 1984). She holds a certificate in Educational Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education (1995).
Dr. Keizs has thirty years of experience in the CUNY system as both an administrator and a professor. Before her appointment as president of York College, she was the vice president of academic affairs at Bronx Community College/CUNY for seven years.