About the President


Dr. Michael A. Baston is the Seventh President of Rockland Community College. He joined Rockland from LaGuardia Community College, where he served as the Vice President for Student Affairs and Associate Provost. Noted for better integrating and aligning academic and student affairs functions, Dr. Baston also helped grow LaGuardia’s grant funding to support new and creative interventions for student retention and success.

Dr. Baston is an American Association of Community Colleges Pathways coach and was a member of the inaugural class of Aspen Institute Presidential Fellows for Community College Excellence where he explored systemic issues affecting the educational access pipeline and student success.

He began his career as a public interest lawyer representing various educational institutions and social justice organizations. His work with academic clients led him to pursue a second career in academia as both a professor of legal studies and business and a student affairs administrator. Dr. Baston holds a BA from Iona College, a JD from Brooklyn Law School, and an EdD from St. John Fisher College.

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Inaugural Gala

RCC will be honoring the Inauguration of Dr.Michael A. Baston and celebrating student success at our first annual Gala. Funds raised will support the operations of RCC's Student Success Initiatives. You can make a difference by becoming a special sponsor of this event.


Celebration Events

To commemorate Dr.Baston's distinguished investiture, the campus is planning inaugural events between September 12 and September 14. Learn more about each of our inauguration events.


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