President Farley Herzek

Herzek (Source: CUNY Newswire)

Kingsborough Community College has appointed Farley Herzek, a New York City native who has most recently been leading the largest community college district in the nation out in California.

The local school has been without a president since the retirement of Dr. Regina Peruggi last summer after nine years serving the school. Peruggi was the first woman at the helm, and oversaw a period of tremendous growth at Kingsborough.

Herzek has been serving as interim president of Los Angeles Harbor College – Los Angeles Community College, and has previously served as interim president of East Los Angeles College.

“It is a privilege to come back to Brooklyn, to serve the communities and the CUNY system that gave me my start in life. I was launched into the middle class because of open access, quality educational programs and the affordability of the CUNY system,” said Herzek in a press release. “I have had an opportunity to meet Kingsborough Community College faculty, staff, alumni and administrators during the interview process and I was very impressed with their passion for doing what is best for students. My beliefs, values and leadership qualities embrace collaboration, full participation, trust, and transparency, while valuing the greatness of our diversity. With all of us of working together, I am certain we can move Kingsborough Community College to the No. 1 position in the nation.”

From CUNY’s press release:

President Herzek’s appointment to Kingsborough is a homecoming for him as a first-generation American who grew up in the Canarsie section of Brooklyn and who was the first in his family to graduate from college. A product of New York City public schools including P.S. 115 and Isaac Bildersee I.S. 68, as well as a graduate of Canarsie High School, President Herzek began his college career at Brooklyn College and earned his Bachelor of Science degree from The City College of New York. He completed his Master of Arts degree and Teaching Credential in Technology Education at California State University, Long Beach, and his Professional Clear Administrative Services Credential from the University of La Verne. President Herzek is also the past Chair of the National Legislative Committee for the Association of Career and Technical Education.

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  • joe

    Congrats to him. Nice to see someone come back to their home town and give back

    • gary

      His appointment sort of defeats the product life cycle argument. I would have though some minority candidate would have replaced Rudy’s first wife. That place is too conservative, that is for Brooklyn.

      • Supporter of Left Handed Rule

        Hello Gary, please explain or define “the product life cycle” argument? That is an expression I never heard of.

        • MrArtTuro

          I also have no idea what Gary is talking about in his post. (Btw, I wonder if the Mr. Herzek’s salary is public knowledge… )

      • Alex

        I think Gary needs to refill his prescriptions asap.

  • EndofDaze

    He’s not the only former Brooklynite in California, as elsewhere, who want to come back to his former, now booming homeland! We wish him well! How sweet it is!!!

    • joe

      Lol thats why I never left here lol

    • A

      What would you say to a life long Brooklyn resident who’s thinking of moving elsewhere? Am I going to want to come back to? Serious question..

  • Supporter of Left Handed Rule

    The story has one error, KCC has had an interim president since the prior prexy left. They have not been without a President during this time.

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