Graduation 2019

Message from the Dean

Andrew Rich

Richard J. Henley and Susan L. Davis Dean,
Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership

Welcome to the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at The City College of New York. The Colin Powell School includes all social science departments at CCNY as well as the core leadership development and public service programs of the College. Graduating the most CCNY students annually, the Colin Powell School promotes the values of service and engagement. We support a faculty dedicated to the highest standards of research and to the university’s democratic and public obligations.

I became Dean in 2019 and have been a part of the CCNY community since 2003. Over that time, my belief in our mission has strengthened; my appreciation for the transformative potential of our extraordinary students in a diverse society has deepened. At the Colin Powell School, our faculty and staff—our programs and initiatives—represent some of the best that CCNY has to offer in ways that connect directly to our city, its people and its problems. We are privileged to have the guidance of a distinguished Board of Visitors, which was chaired by 1958 CCNY graduate General Colin L. Powell until he passed in 2021. General Powell's vision and deep commitment to our students still guides us today.

I invite you to become involved with our work. The fulfillment of our mission at the Colin Powell School—the advancement of our values of service, engagement and leadership—signals the possibilities for a better future for all of us. The success of our students remains a remarkable testament to the importance of our work and to our capacity to thrive.

Best wishes,

CPS Dean Sign


Andrew Rich
Richard J. Henley and Susan L. Davis Dean
Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership 


Andrew Rich became Dean of the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at The City College of New York in February 2019. The Colin Powell School is home to the social science departments at CCNY as well as the core leadership development and public service programs of City College. With 4,000 students, it is CCNY’s largest student division with a mission to transform one of the nation’s most diverse student bodies into tomorrow’s global leaders. 

From 2011-2019, Rich was Executive Secretary & CEO of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, a federal agency that supports young people committed to careers as public service leaders across the United States. Before that, from 2009-2011, Rich was President and CEO of the Roosevelt Institute, a think tank and leadership development organization based in New York City. 

Rich is Chair of the Board of Friends of the Truman Foundation. He is the author of Think Tanks, Public Policy, and the Politics of Expertise and has written about the role of think tanks and foundations in American politics and policymaking. He previously taught political science at CCNY and Wake Forest University. He received his BA from the University of Richmond and his PhD in political science from Yale University.

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