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KCC Virtual Gala on June 24, 2021

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KCC Virtual Gala Honoree Dr. David Gómez

David Gmez


David Gomez, Ed. D.

Dr. Gomez served the City University of New York for nearly five decades. In that time, he worked with many talented professionals in each of the three divisions he has counted in his portfolio including Student Affairs, Academic Affairs and Finance and Administration.  He credits this breadth of experience with giving him an appreciation for the challenges and opportunities available to professionals in higher education.

He began his career at Hostos Community College where he served in a variety of roles including Interim Dean for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College.  He then went on to Kingsborough Community College where he served as Dean of Instructional Services, Vice President for Academic Administration, Program Planning and Development and Interim Provost.  During his time at Kingsborough, Dr. Gomez also served as a consultant, locally and nationally, assisting community college leaders improve the quality of services at their institutions.

Dr. Gomez served on the faculty at Kingsborough where he holds the rank of Professor in the Department of Behavior and Social Sciences.  He currently holds the rank of Professor of Practice at North Carolina State’s Belk Center for the Study of Community Colleges where he is mentoring graduate students who aspire to be community college presidents. His experiences with his students are the ones he holds most dear.  Indeed, Dr. Gomez maintains that the classroom is where every educator draws their strength and their inspiration.

Dr. Gomez’ publications and research interests have focused on the community college movement.  In recent years, he has examined critical practices that can move institutions “from good to great,” the importance of student support services in advancing student success, and aligning the objectives of the institution’s three main divisions to achieve common goals.  He has spoken at numerous conferences on the challenges facing community colleges including, most recently, at Teachers College, Columbia University on the national agenda and the community college.

Born and raised in New York City, Dr. Gomez is a proud product of the New York City public schools.  He attended the State University of New York at Albany where he earned his baccalaureate degree in English literature.  He earned his Masters and Doctoral degrees in education at Teachers College, Columbia University where he studied under Dr. Walter Sindlinger an early champion of the community college movement.