History of Medgar Evers College

Medgar Evers College is the youngest of the four‐year senior colleges in The City University of New York. In the early 1960s, the Central Brooklyn community recognized a need and expressed a desire for a local public college. Through various community organizations, including, but not limited to, the Bedford‐Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, the Central Brooklyn Coordinating Council, and the NAACP, the residents of Central Brooklyn approached the Board through their local elected officials of Higher Education of the City of New York with this request. Members of the various community‐based organizations constituted the Bedford‐Stuyvesant Coalition on Educational Needs and Services, which served as the primary vehicle for interfacing with the Board of Higher Education. After many discussions and much involvement by community residents and the Coalition, the Board of Higher Education, on November 17, 1967, “approved the sponsorship of Community College Number VII, with the indication of an intention to admit students in the Fall of l969.”

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On February 13, 1968, the Board of Higher Education announced that the college would be located in the Bedford‐Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn. On January 27, 1969, the Board approved the establishment of an “experimental four‐year college of professional studies offering both career and transfer associate degrees and the baccalaureate degree, to be located in the Bedford‐ Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn, said college to be established in place of a previously approved but not started new Community College VII, and further directed that the City University Master Plan be amended accordingly.” The Board of Regents endorsed this action on March 20, 1970.

The Board of Higher Education Proceedings of April 14, 1970, reflect the Board action, which modified the 1968 Master Plan to delete Community College Number Seven and listed in lieu thereof under Senior College, “College XVII, Mid‐Brooklyn, Initial Facilities, Estimated Cost: $10,000,000.” The College was officially established on July 30, 1970, when Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller signed the legislation approving the “establishment of an experimental four‐year college of professional studies offering both career and transfer associate degrees and the baccalaureate degree…” Finally, on September 28, 1970, the Board of Higher Education approved the recommendation from the College’s Community Council to name the college Medgar Evers College, in honor of the martyred civil rights leader, Medgar Wiley Evers (1925‐ 1963). In recognition, September 28 is observed as “Founders’ Day” at Medgar Evers College. On December 2, 1970, the Medgar Evers College Community Council, chaired by John Enoch and the Board of Higher Education, co‐hosted an announcement ceremony at the YMCA on 139 Monroe Street in Brooklyn. Chairman Enoch stated, “The Medgar Evers College, reflecting the image of the martyred leader who dedicated his life to the cause of individual freedom, dignity, and personal fulfillment, will add another pillar of strength to the growing educational, economic, cultural, and social foundations of the central Brooklyn community and New York City.” Mr. Evers’ widow, Mrs. Myrlie Evers, and two of the couple’s three children flew in from Claremont, California, for the ceremony. She was presented a scroll that cited Mr. Evers, “…effective contribution to the cause of human freedom and dignity… In choosing the name of Medgar Evers, it is our hope that his ideals will inspire students and faculty of the college in their pursuit of truth as the surest path to human freedom and social justice.”

HISTORY OF COLLEGE LEADERSHIP

Dr. Richard Trent

Dr. Richard Trent

1970 – 1982

Dr. Dennis Paul

Dr. Dennis Paul, Interim

1982-1984

Dr Jay Carrington Chunn II

Dr. Jay Carrington Chunn, II

1984-1987

Dr. Leo A. Corbie, Acting

1987-1989

Dr. Edison O. Jackson

Dr. Edison O. Jackson

1989-2009

Dr. William L. Pollard

Dr. William L. Pollard

2009-2013

Rudolph F. Crew

Dr. Rudolph F. Crew

2013-2021

Dr. Denise Maybank, Interim

March-April 2021

President Patricia Ramsey headshot

Dr. Patricia Ramsey

May 2021-Present