The board of trustees of the Community College of Philadelphia has announced the appointment of Donald Generals Jr. as the college’s next president. He is scheduled to take office as the college’s sixth president on July 1. The Community College of Philadelphia enrolls about 19,000 students and African Americans make up about half of the student body.
Currently, Dr. Generals is vice president for academic affairs at Mercer County Community College in West Windsor, New Jersey. He has served in that role since 2008. Previously, he served for five years as provost at the Katharine Gibbs School in New York City. Earlier is his career he held administrative posts at Rockland Community College in Suffern, New York, and Passaic County Community College in New Jersey.
“I am honored to accept the Board’s appointment to serve as the next President of Community College of Philadelphia,” said Dr. Generals. “This historic institution, one of the largest in Pennsylvania and one of the largest of its kind in the nation, serves a vital role in providing education and opportunity. The College is a place where the American Dream begins for tens of thousands of Philadelphians every year, and I am very excited by the prospect of helping to expand its service of that mission.”
Dr. Generals is the author of Booker T. Washington: The Architect of Progressive Education (Strategic Book Publishing, 2013). He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey and an educational doctorate from Rutgers University.