• Kenneth Adams - President

    Kenneth Adams Named 4th President
    of LaGuardia Community College

    “I’m honored to be appointed as the next president of LaGuardia Community College, which is assuredly among the top community colleges nationally for its commitment to academic excellence and long record of giving students the skills and knowledge they need to succeed. I’m eager to collaborate with LaGuardia’s dedicated staff and its talented faculty—the lifeblood of the college—to ensure the promise of LaGuardia for students from across Queens and beyond.”

  • Interview with Kenneth Adams

    President-designate Kenneth Adams speaks with student Emily Bonilla as both approach their first semester at LaGuardia. Emily asks about Mr. Adams' view of community colleges, plans for his first semester, life during the pandemic and what students need to know about him.

  • Message from President-Designate Kenneth Adams

    I am deeply honored to have been named the 4th president of LaGuardia Community College by the CUNY Board of Trustees. I've prepared a video to introduce myself, which I hope you'll take a few minutes to watch. Please stay tuned for more in the coming weeks—I’ll be reaching out regularly in advance of my August 17 start date.

  • “Kenneth Adams has the skills and track record to ensure that LaGuardia’s students can be prominent participants in a post-COVID economy.”
    - Chancellor Félix V. Matos Rodríguez

  • About Kenneth Adams

    Kenneth Adams was appointed president of LaGuardia Community College by the Board of Trustees of the City University of New York on June 29, 2020. He will assume the role on August 17, 2020.

    Mr. Adams comes to LaGuardia from Bronx Community College (BCC), where he has served as dean of workforce and economic development since 2016—leading the departments of Adult and Continuing Education, Workforce Development, Career Services, Community and Economic Development, and the Center for Sustainable Energy.

    At BCC, Mr. Adams has focused on creating career pathways that lead students into high-growth sectors of the city’s economy. Fundamental to his work are robust partnerships with employers, including unions and industry associations. Mr. Adams has secured more than $1.7 million in grants and contracts for BCC. He and his team increased enrollment in their programs by 45%.

    Prior to joining CUNY, Mr. Adams was the Acting Commissioner of the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance. From 2011 until 2015, he served as President and CEO of Empire State Development and Commissioner of the NYS Department of Economic Development. Before joining state government, Mr. Adams led The Business Council of New York State and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. As Executive Director of New York Cares he created the Annual New York Cares Coat Drive and based it in the Falchi Building adjacent to LaGuardia Community College.

    After earning his BA and MA degrees from Middlebury College, Mr. Adams began his career as a high school teacher and youth services coordinator. He grew up in Brooklyn, where he lives with his family.

    Mr. Adams currently serves as Chairman of the Boards of Directors of New York State’s affordable housing agencies, including the Housing Finance Agency, the State of New York Mortgage Agency, and the Housing Trust Fund Corporation. He is a director of Opportunity America, the NYC Employment and Training Coalition, the Queens Chamber of Commerce Foundation, and the Bronx Charter School for Excellence.

    Mr. Adams will serve as the fourth president of LaGuardia Community College. His predecessors include Gail O. Mellow, PhD (2000–2019), Raymond C. Bowen, PhD (1989–1999), and the late Joseph Shenker, EdD (1970–1988).