President of the College of Staten Island (CSI).
A distinguished historian and accomplished higher education administrator, Dr. Timothy G. Lynch assumed the permanent role leading CSI after 18 months as its interim president, effective July 1, 2023. As interim president of CSI, President Lynch increased diversity among the college’s faculty and staff, and established a new role on his cabinet overseeing diversity, equity, inclusivity and belonging. He also reduced the college’s structural deficit by 75% in a one-year period, closing a $12 million budget shortfall, and worked with local elected officials and community leaders to secure funding for campus improvements, including an overhaul of the campus track and field complex.
President Lynch has held a range of leadership roles in higher education. As chief academic officer at QCC, Dr. Lynch was responsible for all matters related to academic programming, including assessment and accreditation, and to ensuring the college’s continued trajectory of academic excellence. Queensborough was recently selected among 150 top schools to compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s most prestigious honor for community colleges. In addition to managing 17 academic departments and 900 faculty, Dr. Lynch is responsible for providing oversight to QCC’s nationally recognized student success initiatives. As interim president of QCC, he oversaw several successful re-accreditation efforts including the campus Middle States self-study, and implemented the campus’ response to COVID-19, including a pivot to fully online education.
Before joining QCC, Dr. Lynch served as provost and vice president of academic affairs at SUNY Maritime College, with prior teaching and administrative experience at the California Maritime Academy, a specialized campus of the California State University system.
A native New Yorker, and first-generation college student, he earned degrees from Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate School and University Center, all in history. Dr. Lynch is an award-winning historian and scholar whose research interests focus on immigration and ethnicity, and on American maritime history and America’s relationship with the sea. He has developed numerous courses over his academic career, which includes nearly two decades in teaching at the collegiate level.
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