Metropolitan Community College has named Utpal K. Goswami, Ph.D., as the new president of the college’s Maple Woods campus in Kansas City North.
Goswami comes to MCC-Maple Woods from College of the Redwoods (Cal.), where he currently serves as vice president of instruction. He also served as interim president and superintendent of the college in 2011-12, during which time he led the district in responding to accreditation challenges, development of a new mission/vision statement, development of the 2012-17 strategic plan and the 2012-17 education master plan, and implementation of major capital projects.
Prior to joining College of the Redwoods, Goswami served as vice president and provost at Yavapai College (Ariz.) where he was involved in the successful ballot initiative that led to the creation of a Joint Technical Education District. Before Yavapai, Goswami worked at St. Louis Community College’s Meramec campus as the dean of business administration and instructional operations.
Goswami’s 30 years of experience in higher education is split evenly between teaching and administration. He has worked extensively in program development, implementing best practices in student success and institutional effectiveness, integration of technology in the teaching and learning process, use of data-driven decision-making, developing and supporting shared governance processes, promoting professional development and helping institutions meet accreditation standards.
Goswami has been involved in developing more than a dozen new educational programs to serve community needs and has supported the development of over 160,000 square feet of educational space. He has helped obtain more than $15 million in external funds through grants and partnerships and has successfully managed large budgets under adverse fiscal conditions.
“MCC is undergoing a tremendous transformation focused on student success as we prepare our graduates for either the pursuit of a bachelor’s degree or an immediate career in Kansas City’s businesses and industries,” said Mark James, chancellor of the five-campus Metropolitan Community College system. “Dr. Goswami has a proven record of success in both of these areas and we look forward to his leadership.”
Goswami holds both a doctoral degree and a master’s degree in economics from Southern Methodist University and a master’s degree in development economics from Boston University. His board service includes the United Way, the Chamber of Commerce, the American Red Cross and Decade of Difference. He also was president of the Arizona Association of Academic Administrators and served on the Yavapai Educational Technology Consortium.
Goswami said he is looking forward to connecting with the community at and around MCC-Maple Woods and across Greater Kansas City.
“There is no doubt that the educational landscape is going through significant evolution. I am pleased to join a dynamic organization and wonderful colleagues as we position the institution to serve students better,” he said.
Goswami begins his new role as president of MCC-Maple Woods on July 1, 2013.