Innovator and Visionary for Community Colleges

When Dr. Gail O. Mellow concludes her 19-year presidency at LaGuardia Community College of the City University of New York (CUNY) in August, she leaves a legacy not only for the institution, but also for community colleges across the country.

Mellow, who describes herself as “relentlessly student-focused,” began her own higher education journey at Jamestown Community College, which she says was pivotal in her career-long commitment to advancing the way community colleges connect with and serve students. She understands the drive students have despite life circumstances, financial constraints and even lack of family support.

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