Message from the Dean


Dear Colin Powell School Community,

I look forward to returning to the Colin Powell School full-time as dean in a few weeks. I have been a part of the CCNY community for more than fifteen years. Over that time, my belief in our mission has strengthened; my appreciation for the transformative potential of our extraordinary students in a diverse society has deepened. At the Colin Powell School, our faculty and staff—our programs and initiatives—represent some of the best that CCNY has to offer in ways that connect directly to our city, its people and its problems.
We are in a moment of constrained resources at the College and operating in a political setting, beyond our campus, where some in power question the value of affordable public higher education. Yet the fulfillment of our mission at the Colin Powell School—the advancement of our values of service, engagement, and leadership—signals the possibilities for a better future for all of us. The success of our students remains a remarkable testament to the importance of our work and to our capacity to thrive.
I am pleased to report that Professor Kevin Foster has agreed to stay on as Associate Dean once I am underway. Kevin stepped in as Interim Dean back in late 2016, never expecting that his term might last more than two years. He has stewarded the school with effectiveness and without a complaint ever since. I am very happy that he will continue to serve the Colin Powell School in the dean’s office.
I begin full-time on Monday, February 25th, but I am already on email at I look forward to seeing you soon and to working together on the Colin Powell School’s next chapter.

Best wishes,

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Andrew Rich
Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership

Season's Greetings from Interim Dean, Kevin Foster of the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership


Happy Holidays!

Dear Colin Powell School Family,

Now is truly the most wonderful time of the year - a time for us to gather to celebrate and enjoy the feeling of community that we share with our family, friends and colleagues. 

Now is also the time to reflect on all we have accomplished together in the past year and to look forward to a new year of inspired purpose. As we approach the holiday season, we would like to express our warmest appreciation to faculty, students, fellows, staff, alumni, and friends who have contributed to another great year at the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership.

Best wishes to you and yours for a wonderful holiday season and a happy, healthy new year. 

Warmest Regards, 

Kevin Foster  I  Interim Dean

Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership