President Karen L. Gould

president Karen Gould 2013Dr. Karen L. Gould, the ninth president of Brooklyn College and first woman to hold the post, assumed office on Aug. 15, 2009. Before coming to Brooklyn, she served as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at California State University, Long Beach. As the chief academic officer of one of the most diverse public institutions in California, Gould was responsible for ensuring a high-quality educational experience for 36,000 students. 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.

Under President Gould's leadership, the college has increased student retention and graduation rates, more than doubled income from fundraising, expanded international education opportunities, increased business and community partnerships, raised more than $18 million to launch a new graduate school of cinema located at Steiner Studios in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, completed construction of a new athletic field, begun construction of the Leonard & Claire Tow Center for the Performing Arts, and formed a new academic structure for the college with five areas of recognized excellence: the School of Business, the School of Education, the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, the School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences, and the School of Visual, Media and Performing Arts. Since her arrival, the college has developed a new strategic plan, approved a revised Facilities Master Plan, completed a Retention and Graduation Task Force study and action plan, and undertaken a review of campus technology infrastructure and service to inform future technology planning and resource decisions.

An internationally known scholar in the field of French-Canadian literature, Gould is the author or co-editor of six books, including the internationally recognized Writing in the Feminine: Feminism and Experimental Writing in Quebec (1990), and more than 50 articles and essays on contemporary Quebec literature, francophone women writers and the modern French novel. She has been honored with both the Canadian Governor General's International Award for Canadian Studies and the Donner Medal in Canadian Studies for research and professional contributions to her field. She is the former editor of the interdisciplinary journal Québec Studies and has received numerous grants, fellowships and awards, including a Fulbright Senior Fellowship and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Association of University Women and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. She has served as president of the International Council for Canadian Studies, president of the American Association for Canadian Studies in the United States, and as a member of the executive board of the national Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences.

President Gould currently serves on the boards of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and the CUNY Research Foundation. She also is a member of the Presidents Circle of the National Council for Research on Women, the Women’s Forum of New York City and the Higher Education Working Group on Global Issues, sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations and the Forum for the Future of Higher Education. As a member of the City University of New York Council of Presidents, she chairs the council's Committee on International Education and serves on the Committee on Academic Affairs and the Chancellor's Executive Committee. She has been honored by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce for her leadership in promoting the new graduate school of cinema at Steiner Studios, has received commendation from the New York State Senate for her philanthropic activities, and will be honored by her alma mater, Occidental College, in March 2013 as a distinguished alumna. She 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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