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Candidate: Dr. Michael A. Baston

Candidate: Dr. Michael A. Baston

Dr. Michael A. BastonAspen Presidential Fellow for Community College Excellence and Acting Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs for LaGuardia Community College in New York, Dr. Michael A. Baston has spent 20 years in higher education promoting the dignity and worth of all students in the communities where he has served. Dr. Baston is an executive leader recognized nationally for innovative practices and student outcomes and for his work in the field of student success. An American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Pathways coach supporting the presidents and executive teams at St. Petersburg College, Broward College, Indian River State College and Tallahassee Community College in Florida, Dr. Baston is helping institutions build capacity as they seek to use guided pathways as a framework to build on and help to integrate student success strategies already in place in the institution. Dr. Baston serves on numerous advisory boards including Jobs for the Future (JFF) Policy Leadership Trust for Student Success, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Student Affairs Review Task Force, American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) National Community College Advisory Group, and the National Association for Developmental Education (NADE) Expert Panel, among others.

Dr. Baston has a record of visionary and transformational leadership. Before assuming his current role Dr. Baston served as Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment and Associate Provost at LaGuardia. At LaGuardia he has successfully undertaken organizational redesigns, integrated initiatives, and programs and services that have fostered greater collaboration, coherence and outcomes. He has been highly effective in marshaling resources - both human and financial, and in demonstrating the value proposition of institutional priorities and initiatives to multiple stakeholders including regional accreditors. Dr. Baston has extensive board service including leadership roles on the board of directors of several college entities including the LaGuardia College Association, Inc. as chair, the Early Learning Childhood Center, Inc. as chair and the LaGuardia Auxiliary Enterprises, Inc. as secretary. He is also a member of the finance committee of the LaGuardia Foundation, Inc. where he serves as a member of the board of directors.

Prior to joining LaGuardia, Dr. Baston served for 10 years as the Dean of Student Development and Campus Life for the New York Campuses of Berkeley College. He also served as Senior Associate of Dougherty and Associates, LLP representing Iona College, Christian Brothers Institute, Inc. and other educational corporations. Dr. Baston holds an undergraduate degree from Iona College, a Juris Doctor degree from Brooklyn Law School and a doctorate in education in executive leadership from St. John Fisher College. Dr. Baston is married to Tasha and the couple live in Valley Stream, New York.