Biography of Dr. Belinda S. Miles
Dr. Belinda S. Miles is a passionate advocate for maintaining the community college open door access mission, improving student learning and success outcomes, and creating opportunities for learning across the spectrum of life. As president of Westchester Community College (WCC), Dr. Miles presides over the largest college in Westchester County, New York providing leadership for an institution that offers more than sixty transfer and workforce programs and includes the largest Division of Continuing Education in the State University of New York system. WCC educates and trains more than 26,000 students annually through an array of credit and non-credit programs and is SUNY’s only formally designated Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). She began her tenure at WCC in January 2015.
Since her arrival, she has led the college to its new status as an Achieving the Dream member institution focused on increased levels of student success, overseen a successful Middle States accreditation visit, and expanded K-12 partnerships in order to increase college readiness.
As president, her community outreach includes her role as a member of the Board of Directors for The Business Council of Westchester and her membership on the Education Committee of the Westchester County Association where she is creating new synergies to better align the college’s certificate and associate degree programs with existing local and regional job and career opportunities.
Previous to taking the helm as president in Westchester, Dr. Miles served as provost and executive vice president of Access, Learning, and Success at Cuyahoga Community College with oversight of four campuses and multiple extension sites in the Greater Cleveland area and serving 60,000 students. Her roles at Cuyahoga included president of the Eastern Campus, dean of Academic Affairs, and assistant dean of Liberal Arts. Other positions in higher education included faculty and administrator roles at LaGuardia Community College, Nassau Community College, and Columbia University.
Miles’ national roles include service on the faculty at the Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) Summer Institute for Women at Bryn Mawr College and the Lakin Institute for Community College Leadership. She is also a member of the Chair Academy’s International Presidential Advisory Board.
Among the numerous awards Dr. Miles has received are the Bronx Community College Men of Color’s Leadership and Empowerment Award (2015), Ohio Diversity Council’s Woman of Power and Influence Award (2013), and the Education Award from the Ohio Coalition of National Council of Negro Women (2011).
Originally from Queens, New York, Miles attended public schools including the City University of New York’s York College, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. She attained a Master of Arts in Educational Psychology and a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Organization and Leadership Development from Columbia University Teachers College. She and her husband, Keith, live in New Rochelle, New York. Their son, Gordon, recently graduated from Tuskegee University with a B.S. in Engineering. He is a Certified Energy Engineer and is employed in this field.