President Karen L. Gould


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Dr. Karen L. Gould is the ninth president of Brooklyn College and first woman to hold the post. 

Under President Gould's leadership, the college has significantly increased student retention and graduation rates; accelerated fundraising goals; expanded international education and global partnerships; increased internship opportunities for students; advanced business and community partnerships; raised more than $30 million to launch the Barry R. Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema at Steiner Studios in the Brooklyn Navy Yard; completed construction of a new athletic field; launched construction of the new Leonard & Claire Tow Center for the Performing Arts; purchased an adjacent lot for future academic program development and received significant state support towards the construction of a new Roosevelt Science Teaching Commons facility.

Before coming to Brooklyn in 2009, President Gould served as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at California State University, Long Beach. Previously, she served as dean of arts and sciences at the University of Cincinnati, dean of arts and letters at Old Dominion University, and held administrative and tenured faculty appointments at Bowling Green State University, Virginia Tech and Bucknell University.

An internationally known scholar in the field of French-Canadian literature, President Gould is the author or co-editor of six books and more than 50 articles and essays on contemporary Quebec literature, francophone women writers, and the modern French novel. She has received numerous grants, fellowships and awards, including a Fulbright Senior Fellowship and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, American Association of University Women, and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation.

President Gould serves on the board of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and served two terms on the CUNY Research Foundation board. She is a member of numerous organizations committed to furthering academic, local and global initiatives in higher education, international affairs and women’s leadership. She received commendation from the New York State Senate and the United Way for her philanthropic activities and was honored by her alma mater, Occidental College, as a distinguished alumna in 2013. 

President Gould received a diploma from the Sorbonne in 1969; a B.A., cum laude, from Occidental College in 1970; and a Ph.D. in romance languages from the University of Oregon in 1975.

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