Biography

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, with a special focus on diverse and underserved student populations.

Named by Diverse Issues in Higher Education Magazine among the most Notable Education Leaders of 2017, Dr. Michael A. Baston is the 7th President of Rockland Community College. The Chronicle of Higher Education, the Atlantic, the Community College Times, the Education Advisory Board, MSNBC, and two books, the Handbook for Student Affairs in Community Colleges and Race, Education, and Reintegrating Formerly Incarcerated Citizens have featured Dr. Baston’s work in developing comprehensive supports that foster college completion. Most recently, Diverse Issues in Higher Education Magazine named him among the most Notable Education Leaders of 2017.

Dr. Baston consults with college leadership teams around the nation, helping them integrate student success initiatives to advance college completion through guided pathways. He 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.

Dr. Baston 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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