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Dr. Birenbaum served as President of College of Staten Island predecessor institution Staten Island Community College (SICC) from 1968 until the merger of SICC and Richmond College in 1976, which resulted in the formation of the College of Staten Island. His academic focus was access to higher education for all.
A tireless advocate for open admissions, in which anyone who wanted an education would be able to receive one,
Dr. Birenbaum often provided consultation to other countries that were interested in strengthening their educational systems. He also published a number of books on education, and raised SICC’s visibility during his tenure.
Dr. Birenbaum’s papers are housed in the CSI Library’s Archives & Special Collections.