Karrin E. Wilks, Interim President, joined BMCC in June 2014 after having served for over 25 years in public higher education administration with extensive experience developing and evaluating policy and programs aimed at improving student success, particularly for underserved populations. Areas of special interest and expertise include strategic planning, program design and implementation, college readiness and developmental education, evidence-based retention and success strategies, leadership development, and improving teaching and learning across disciplines.
Prior to joining BMCC, Wilks, Ed.D., served as the Senior Vice President and Interim Provost for Medgar Evers College and before that as the University Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the CUNY Central Office of Academic Affairs.
Prior to joining CUNY, Wilks served in several leadership positions in the Vermont State Colleges system, including as the Senior Vice President and Vice President for Academic and Strategic Planning. She taught writing and humanities courses at the Community College of Vermont and served on the faculty of the Vermont Leadership Institute for many years.
Wilks has an Ed.D. in policy and leadership development and an M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Vermont, and a B.A. in history/creative writing from Middlebury College. Wilks was a member of the inaugural class of the Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence.
Areas of Expertise: Community Colleges, Higher Education, College Readiness, Remediation, Evidence-Based Retention and Success Strategies, Faculty Development, Strategic Planning, Leadership Development