Portrait of Manuel “Manny” L. Romero, Ed.D. LONG ISLAND CITY, NY (August 4, 2022) — LaGuardia Community College President Kenneth Adams announced the appointment of Manuel “Manny” L. Romero, Ed.D. as the college’s new Vice President of Communications and External Affairs. In this newly created position, Dr. Romero will lead LaGuardia’s marketing, communications, government affairs, and community relations.

Prior to joining LaGuardia, Dr. Romero served as Executive Director of Public Affairs at Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC), the largest college in the City University of New York (CUNY) system. During his seven years at BMCC, Dr. Romero expanded his division, strengthened BMCC’s brand, advanced the college’s local and national presence in the media and higher education arenas, and furthered the college’s development efforts by cultivating donors and alumni. Dr. Romero is an advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion, serving on various strategic committees and task forces to promote access to education for all students, especially those who have been minoritized. Most recently, his contributions helped BMCC be recognized as a top 10 finalist for the 2021 Aspen Institute Prize for Community College Excellence.

Before joining BMCC, Dr. Romero served as Director of Public Relations at Baruch College, where he developed and oversaw the college’s public relations strategies, as well as its initiatives to secure regional and national media coverage. Earlier roles included serving as Director of Communications and Marketing at Marymount Manhattan College, and as Associate Executive Director of NYC’s contemporary dance company, Parsons Dance.

Before moving to New York City, Dr. Romero worked as Public Relations Manager of the law firm of Snell & Wilmer. Prior to that, he held a variety of professional roles at Arizona State University (ASU), including Director of Hispanic Media, Publications Editor, and Assistant Editor in ASU’s Media Relations Office. He also served as the Public Relations Officer of the State Bar of Arizona after working as the education reporter for the Yuma Daily Sun.

A product of the public community college system, Dr. Romero, born and raised in Nogales, Ariz., earned an associate degree from Mesa Community College, where he served as features editor of the Mesa Legend. He then earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, where he was also a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity and an editor of the NAU Lumberjack. Dr. Romero later earned a master’s of Mass Communication from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, and doctor of education degree in Administrative and Instructional Leadership from St. John’s University.

Dr. Romero will begin his role as LaGuardia’s Vice President of Communications and External Affairs on August 29.

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LaGuardia Community College (LAGCC), located in Long Island City, Queens, educates thousands of New Yorkers annually through degree, certificate, and continuing education programs. LaGuardia is a national voice on behalf of community colleges, where half of all U.S. college students study. Part of the City University of New York (CUNY), the College reflects the legacy of our namesake, Fiorello H. LaGuardia, the former NYC mayor beloved for his championing the underserved. Since our doors opened in 1971, our programs regularly become national models for pushing boundaries to give people of all backgrounds access to a high quality, affordable college education.


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