Message from the 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 returned to the Colin Powell School full-time as dean in February 2019. I have been a part of the CCNY community for more than sixteen years. 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 chaired by 1958 CCNY graduate General Colin L. Powell.
I invite you to become involved with our work. The fullfillment 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.
Andrew Rich became Dean of the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at The City College of New York in February 2019. With 4,000 students, 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. Dean Rich was previously Chairman of the Political Science Department at CCNY as well as Deputy Director and Director of Programs at the Colin Powell Center, the precursor to the Colin Powell School.
Dean Rich has spent his entire career working on the development and promotion of public service opportunities among young people. From 2009-2011, as President and CEO of the Roosevelt Institute, he launched the institute's think tank and oversaw efforts to expand and strengthen its Campus Network. From 2011-2019, he was Executive Secretary and CEO of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, which provides merit-based Truman Scholarships to college students who plan to attend graduate school in preparation for careers as public service leaders.
Rich is Chairman 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. Along with CCNY, he previously taught political science at Wake Forest University. He is a graduate of the University of Richmond. He received his PhD in political science from Yale University.