Evangelos J. Gizis has been appointed interim president of Queens College, effective January 1. He replaces James Muyskens, who recently retired after eleven-and-a-half years at the college.
Evangelos Gizis left his homeland of Greece in 1960 for graduate school in the United States. After earning his MS and PhD in food science and biochemistry at Oregon State University, he launched a five-decade academic career that took him from the West Coast to the East Coast, from being a researcher in four top labs to senior-level administrative posts at four City University colleges.
President Gizis is no stranger to Queens College. He first came here in 1986 as vice president for college affairs, planning, and information systems. Two years later, he chaired the committee for the college’s first five-year plan.
Gizis left Queens College for five years (1996–2001) to go to Hunter College, where he held a number of posts, including interim president. He then returned to Queens as interim provost in 2001, becoming provost in 2003, a position he held until his retirement in 2009. Although retired, Gizis was still part of CUNY, working part-time as a senior advisor in the Central Office.
“I feel honored to be appointed interim president of Queens College, and I accept this responsibility knowing the challenges the college will face this spring,” Gizis noted recently. “And I applaud President Muyskens for enhancing the academic experience of our students, with the result that the college is now nationally recognized as a leader in quality education.”
Gizis said that in the coming semester he will be focused, among other things, on student-recruitment efforts, implementing the financial aid segment of CUNYfirst, and developing new, high-demand academic programs, especially at the master’s level.On June 30, the CUNY Board of Trustees appointed Dr. Félix V. Matos Rodríguez, an Ivy League-educated scholar, administrator, teacher, and former cabinet secretary of the Department of Family Services for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, as the next president of Queens College. CUNY Chancellor James B. Milliken recommended Dr. Matos Rodríguez’s appointment after a national search.