How Bronx Community College President, Dr. Thomas Isekenegbe navigates the obstactles and opportunities of pandemic-induced setbacks.
By Uchenna Ekwo, Robert Bernstein, and Edmund Janniger
Covid-19 pandemic changed the world, lives, professions, and indeed everything in lasting ways,
and glimpses of that transformed system are already emerging. In education, many institutions of higher
education are in the middle of massive experiments in new ways of teaching and learning, and new ways
of dividing responsibilities between home, school, and work. For the Nigerian-born academic, scholar,
administrator, and solution-provider, Dr. Thomas A. Isekenegbe, President of the Bronx Community
College of the City University of New York, the pandemic unleashed a wave of innovation in several
sectors that has accelerated change and prompted blue-sky thinking throughout the college of
predominantly underserved students of color. In an exclusive interview with the CMPI editorial team,
Dr. Isekenegbe – the first CUNY president originally from Africa bares his mind on a wide range of
topics. Below are excerpts of the interview featuring the vision map of a college president who
provides leadership in a diverse, underrepresented community that mirrors his rise to the
pinnacle of administration in education.
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