As a lifelong researcher and educator, Dr. Evangelos Gizis was ready to stand in as interim president when James Muyskens announced his departure from Queens College.
Muyskens’ stint as president came to a close last week after 12 years on the job.
The outgoing president oversaw significant increases in student enrollment, the construction of a new student residence and the renovation of the college’s existing infrastructure.
Founded in 1937, the Flushing-based college is the fifth oldest of CUNY’s 23 institutions. Queens College had 18,974 students enrolled in fall 2013 and was recently ranked second on Washington Monthly’s list of “Best Bang for the Buck,” which ranked schools nationwide on affordability and quality of education. Tuition at Queens College costs $5,730 per year for undergraduate students who are New York state residents.