by William Mejia
York’s President Berenecea Johnson Eanes to step down from her position at the end of the 2023 fall semester.
President Eanes announced in a press release to the York College Community that she will be stepping down as President of York to accept a different presidency role after this semester. As of Dec. 21, Eanes will exit York College to serve as the new President of California State University in Los Angeles, where she is expected to begin her new presidency role in January of 2024.
“This decision was made with thoughtful reflection, faith and with deep commitment to continuing to work on behalf of educational equity.” said Eanes in the press release. “It has been a privilege to serve as your president since 2019 and to work closely with all of you to build on the foundation and accomplishments of faculty and staff.” Eanes continued.
The soon-to-be former president started her presidency at York College in September of 2019 after accepting to lead York College as interim President. This marked Eanes return to CUNY after having served for six years as Vice President for student affairs at CUNY John Jay College. Eanes also served as Vice President for Student Affairs at California State University Fullerton (Cal State Fullerton), a role in which she delivered leadership and oversight for the university and student success programs.
During Eanes’ presidency at York College, she accomplished several long-term and short-term goals including the completion of the York College Strategic Plan, establishing three main pillars to support undergraduates who thrive and graduate, “inclusive signature programs” and a “Vibrant community and campus spirit.”