Presidential Inauguration & President's Medal - Commencement
James N. Baldwin, JD, EdD, was appointed the third president of Excelsior College in October 2016. His administration is focused on providing adult learners with continuing education, degree completion, and career readiness opportunities while affirming the institution's commitment to its core values of academic integrity, accessibility, and affordability.
Baldwin joined the College in September 2014 to serve as the institution's executive vice president, bringing extensive leadership experience, professional credentials, and a highly regarded reputation to the position. Prior to arriving at Excelsior he served as CEO and district superintendent for Questar III BOCES, where he led the agency in the development of innovative and cost-saving programs and services and was responsible for the oversight of 23 school districts in the region on behalf of the commissioner of education. He also served as chief of staff and acting deputy commissioner for higher education in the New York State Education Department and as executive deputy secretary of state for New York. He is admitted to the bar in New York State and the U.S. District Court.
A graduate of Union College with a BA in Political Science, Baldwin earned a JD from Albany Law School and an EdD in Organization and Leadership from Columbia University, Teachers College.
This award is intended to recognize individuals for exceptional leadership in and contributions to the attainment of social, economic, racial, ethnic, and gender justice through education at all levels, with emphasis on adult and distance education.
Betty A. Rosa, EdD, was elected as chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents, by her fellow Regents in March 2016. Prior to her current role, she worked as a bilingual teacher and reading coordinator in the New York City school system; assistant principal; principal in special education; principal of I.S. 218, a full-service community school in partnership with the Children's Aid Society; and superintendent of Community School District 8 in the Bronx.
District 8 consisted of approximately 25,000 students and 30 schools encompassing neighborhoods of the South Bronx including Soundview and Hunts Point and the northeast section of the Bronx known as Throgs Neck. One of the schools Dr. Rosa founded, M.S. 101 (Maritime Academy for Science and Technology), became the number one middle school in the City of New York based on New York State examination results. Rosa also served as the senior superintendent of the Bronx.
Rosa has taught graduate-level courses in Education of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Exceptional Children, Due Process: The Law and the Handicapped, and is currently teaching Applied and Action Research to doctoral students.
Rosa has received many awards for her outstanding service and leadership, including the Champions of Education Award from the Alliance for Quality Education, the Woman of the Year Award from the New York League of Puerto Rican Women, the Latina of the Year Award from the Annual SOMOS Conference, and the Outstanding Leadership Award from the International Conference on Education, Sustainable Development, Leadership, and Policy.
Born in New York City but raised for a time in Puerto Rico, Rosa received a BA in psychology from the City College of New York, earned two Master of Science in Education degrees (Administration and Supervision, and Bilingual Education) from the City University of New York, and received an EdM and EdD in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy through the Urban Superintendents Program at Harvard University.