Michael A. Baston, JD, Ed.D., '94

President, Rockland Community College

Recipient of the 2019 Brother Arthur A. Loftus Award
for Outstanding Achievement

Named as one of the country's most Notable Education Leaders of 2017 by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, Dr. Michael A. Baston serves as the seventh president of Rockland Community College. A national community college leader who helps develop comprehensive supports that foster college completion, his work has been featured on MSNBC, and in The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Atlantic, Black Enterprise Magazine and The Education Advisory Board. In addition, he is a contributing author to the books Race, Education, and Reintegrating Formerly Incarcerated Citizens, and The Handbook for Student Affairs in Community Colleges.

Dr. Baston serves as a national Guided Pathways coach for the American Association of Community Colleges and consults with college leadership teams around the nation, helping them integrate student success initiatives to advance college completion. Prior to serving as president of Rockland Community College, Dr. Baston was vice president of Academic and Student Affairs at LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City, N.Y. He was also part of the Aspen Institute's inaugural class of Fellows for Community College Excellence, where he explored systemic issues affecting the educational access pipeline and student success.

Dr. Baston began his career as a public interest lawyer representing educational institutions and social justice organizations. His work with students as a professor of business and legal studies led to his career as a student affairs administrator. Dr. Baston holds a BA from Iona College, a JD from Brooklyn Law School, and an Ed.D from St. John Fisher College.