Dr. Anthony E. Munroe Becomes BMCC’s 11th President

June 29, 2020

Dr MunroeThe City University of New York Board of Trustees proudly announces the appointment of Dr. Anthony E. Munroe as the 11th President of Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY’s largest school with about 24,000 students in over  50 associate degree programs and thousands more in adult and continuing education programs. Dr. Munroe, the president of Essex County College in New Jersey, brings three decades of experience as both an educator and a nationally recognized executive and leader of urban healthcare and health education institutions. Dr. Munroe succeeds Interim President Karrin E. Wilks.

“Anthony Munroe knows from personal experience how challenging it can be to pursue educational objectives while juggling family and job obligations, and he brings the depth and breadth of knowledge to support CUNY students who are following that course, ” said CUNY Chancellor Félix V. Matos Rodríguez.

Anthony E. Munroe will serve as president of BMCC, effective Oct. 1. A nationally recognized executive with more than 30 years experience leading education and health-care organizations, Dr. Munroe has since 2017 been president of Essex County College, one of the most diverse colleges in New Jersey and a national leader in boosting the social mobility of its graduates. He was previously president of Malcolm X College, part of the City Colleges of Chicago system.

A first-generation U.S. citizen who grew up in the Bronx and attended New York City public schools, Dr. Munroe holds a doctorate in education from Columbia University Teachers College with a concentration in health education. His extensive experience includes serving as associate vice president of health systems affairs at Ross University School of Medicine in New Jersey and as president of Advocate Trinity Hospital in Chicago. He was also executive director of Family Health Services in the New York City Department of Health, overseeing an agency with a $200 million budget and more than 100 service sites. Dr. Munroe is an international expert on cultural competency and disparities in health care and was named one of the top 25 minority health care executives in the United States by Modern Healthcare Magazine. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and on the Commission on Student Success with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). He was recently named a winner of the 2020 Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society’s Paragon Award for New Presidents, which recognizes college presidents who have shown strong support for student success at their schools.

“BMCC has established itself as a leader among community colleges providing an exceptional academic and workforce training experience for all. It is a tremendous honor to have been appointed by Chancellor Matos Rodríguez and the CUNY Board of Trustees as the next president of BMCC,” Dr. Munroe said. “I look forward to joining BMCC and CUNY, as we work together, to educate and train the global leaders of today and tomorrow, for New York City and the world.”

Mission of BMCC:

Borough of Manhattan Community College is a diverse teaching and learning community committed to advancing equity and the intellectual and personal growth of students. Working to strengthen a culture of care inside and outside the classroom, we share a passion for learning with students from around the world. We strive to increase degree completion, successful transfer, career achievement and service and leadership within our community, New York City, and beyond.