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Scott Evenbeck appointed Founding President of The City University of New York's New Community College


July 22, 2010

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Scott Evenbeck, Dean of University College at IUPUI since it was founded in 1997, has been selected as the founding president of The New Community College at City University of New York (CUNY).

Evenbeck, who had previously announced he would step down as University College dean next year, will begin his new role in January 2011.

“Scott is the perfect candidate for leading CUNY’s new community college,” said IUPUI Chancellor Charles R. Bantz. “He has already achieved great success in developing University College and establishing mentoring and retention programs for a diverse range of students that have drawn national recognition,” said IUPUI Chancellor Charles R. Bantz.

As founding dean for University College, Evenbeck has guided the development of the academic unit that serves all entering students from orientation through entry into a degree program in one of the undergraduate schools at IUPUI.

Earlier this year, Evenbeck was awarded a National Learning Communities Conference “lifetime achievement” award for his leadership in the development and advancement of learning communities at IUPUI. The honor has been given only one other time.

The New Community College, the seventh community college for CUNY, is expected to open by summer 2012. An article in The Chronicle of Higher Education described the new college as a completely different kind of community college. It will focus entirely on the need to sharply increase graduation rates; restrict enrollment; require applicants to interview and attend full time; offer a limited set of majors, tailored to workforce needs; and provide students with lots of support.

“I am impressed with the goals for student outcomes and believe that such bold aspirations are necessary for the future of our country in reaching the level of educational attainment that is critical to maintaining and strengthening our society,” Evenbeck said. “The new campus will serve as a model of excellence for student achievement, a model that is grounded not in what the students bring to campus but in a design developed to ensure student success.”