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Gail Mellow
Dr. Gail O. Mellow has served as President of LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City, Queens since 2000. A member of the City University of New York (CUNY) system, LaGuardia is a nationally recognized leader among community colleges for our boundary-breaking success educating underserved students.

A nationally recognized expert on the history, development and future of the American community college, Dr. Mellow is in demand as a speaker both here and abroad. In addition to numerous articles and editorials about issues facing higher education in America, Dr. Mellow co-authored Minding the Dream: The Process and Practice of the American Community College (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008).

Dr. Mellow is a frequent voice on higher education issues in the media. She has been extensively quoted in a range of publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, BusinessWeek and more.
Dr. Mellow has appeared on radio and television broadcasts, including on PBS's FRONTLINE, MSNBC and has participated in a debate with college presidents from public, private and for profit institutions about the future of higher education in America aired on PBS stations across the nation.

Blog Entries by Gail Mellow

Community Colleges: Investing in American Education

(1) Comments | Posted December 7, 2012 | 5:48 PM

When Hurricane Sandy smashed into New York and New Jersey, it shone a harsh spotlight on the delicate infrastructure we depend on for our everyday lives. Hurricane Sandy made very real the vulnerability of our ports, subway and rail lines and the fragility of how we power our homes, offices...

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Racing to the Bottom With For-Profit Colleges

(25) Comments | Posted June 29, 2010 | 7:24 PM

Much attention has been paid to "Race to the Top," the Obama Administration's multibillion dollar grant competition that promises states desperately needed funds if they implement systemic reform in their K-12 schools. The funding is robust, the goals are admirable and the challenge has engaged lawmakers and school districts to...

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The American Graduation Initiative: Something Even The Banks Should Bank On!

(1) Comments | Posted September 22, 2009 | 6:36 PM

A year after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, there is still widespread concern and healthy skepticism as to whether or not the financial industry has learned its lesson following the economic meltdown. If the banking industry's opposition to legislation that would reform the private student loan system is any indication,...

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