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American Express Awards $100,000 Grant to BMCC Leadership Fellows Program

2015 Leadership Fellows cohort at meeting
2015 Leadership Fellows cohort at meeting
May 3, 2016

Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC/CUNY) and American Express today announced $100,000 in grant funding to continue training emerging leaders through the BMCC Leadership Fellows Program. The grant will be used to develop a new generation of leaders who are tackling complex problems facing the higher education community.

Through trainings and hands-on exercises, the BMCC Leadership Fellows Program encourages emerging BMCC leaders from a broad cross-section of the college community, to recognize and grow their own leadership potential within the institution.

One of American Express' three philanthropic platforms is Developing New Leaders for Tomorrow, which focuses on training high-potential emerging leaders across the nonprofit and social purpose sectors. More than 16,000 emerging nonprofit and social sector leaders worldwide have benefitted from American Express’ leadership programs.

“American Express has long-recognized the importance of strong leadership in the nonprofit and social purpose sectors,” said Timothy J. McClimon, President, American Express Foundation. “We are inspired by BMCC’s commitment to employee development and are excited to support the growth of talented leaders in higher education.”

“At BMCC, we believe in the leadership potential of our students, as well as the emerging leadership of our faculty and staff,” said Antonio Pérez, President, BMCC. “We are deeply appreciative of the generosity of American Express, and its vital support of the BMCC Leadership Fellows Program.”

“We are grateful for this generous support from American Express, which enables us to continue our Leadership Fellows Program for another two years,” said Doris Holz, Vice President of Development and Chief Operating Officer, BMCC Foundation. “We look forward to strengthening our partnership with American Express.”

“Both BMCC and American Express share the common goal of providing talented individuals with practical opportunities to learn and build leadership skills,” said John M. Montanez, Dean of Grants and Research Administration, BMCC.

“As a leading nonprofit learning institution, BMCC is fostering the professional development and leadership skills of outstanding employees who demonstrate the interest and capacity to take on leadership roles at the college,” said Brian Haller, Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations, BMCC Foundation.

The BMCC Leadership Fellows Program will reconvene with a new cohort in October 2016.

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