Letter from President Karen Gould to the Brooklyn College community:
Dear Campus Community,
I write to share with you my decision to retire next summer, in July 2016, in order to spend more time with family members and enjoy personal interests.
This coming year marks my 42nd year in higher education and my seventh year at Brooklyn College. It has been a great honor and pleasure to work with you on behalf of this remarkable institution. We have accomplished much together in pursuit of educational access and academic excellence.
I look forward to working with you in the year ahead and to ensuring a smooth transition for the future leadership.
In sincere appreciation,
Karen L. Gould
CUNY Newswire – July 23, 2015
A Message to the Brooklyn College Community from Chancellor James B. Milliken
President Karen L. Gould has announced that she will retire following the conclusion of the coming academic year after seven years of service to Brooklyn College and The City University of New York. I wish to thank and commend Dr. Gould, the first woman to serve as the President of Brooklyn College, for her exemplary achievements. Under her leadership, Brooklyn College has enhanced academic quality across disciplines, significantly increased student retention and graduation rates, accelerated fund-raising goals, and expanded international education and global partnerships. The College has also secured more than $30 million to launch the Barry R. Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema, built new athletic fields and is well on the way to completing the new Leonard and Claire Tow Center for the Performing Arts.
The Feirstein School at Steiner Studios in the Brooklyn Navy Yard will stand as one of President Gould’s great legacies. It is the first public graduate school of cinema in New York City and the only school in the nation on a working film lot. The School is a major public-private partnership, and it has included the creation of eight new graduate programs including five new MFA programs in film.
In addition, Provost William Tramontano and President Gould created four new academic schools, resulting in a five-school structure at Brooklyn College which identifies the full range of its academic strengths: the Humanities and Social Sciences; Natural and Behavioral Sciences; Visual, Media and Performing Arts; Business; and Education. President Gould also led a fund-raising campaign to name the Murray Koppelman School of Business.
President Gould has been successful in enhancing the profile and quality of Brooklyn College’s science programs. As a result, enrollment in the School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences increased by 20.5 percent in undergraduate programs and 31.5 percent in graduate programs from 2012 to 2014. She also worked successfully to align the College’s science programs with the goals of CUNY’s increased emphases on science education and research. This included a multi-year facilities upgrade project, for which Brooklyn College has received significant state support, which will result in construction of the state-of-the-art Roosevelt Science Teaching Commons.
President Gould also initiated a comprehensive review of programs and activities in the School of Education, including a school-wide analysis and review of student achievements on the new statewide teacher certification examinations and a strategic review of the School’s current structure.
During President Gould’s tenure, the Washington Monthly magazine ranked Brooklyn College as the best “bang for the buck” in the nation, Princeton Review named Brooklyn one of the nation’s best undergraduate institutions, U.S. News & World Report ranked it as one of “America’s Best Colleges,” and Brooklyn won an Educators of Distinction Award from Saludos Hispanos for its commitment to higher education success for Hispanics.
There will, of course, be an appropriate occasion for all of us to express our deep appreciation to President Gould for her outstanding service to Brooklyn College and The City University of New York. I am confident that the next President of Brooklyn College will build upon her legacy and the superb work of the College’s talented faculty, staff and students.
A national search for a new president will begin this fall, consistent with the guidelines of the CUNY Board of Trustees.