Since starting at BCC in 2014, Dr. Ott has worked closely with faculty on successful proposals for several new degree programs as well as on many degree and course revisions. His portfolio is wide-ranging and diverse, from managing program accreditation efforts to overseeing curricular and academic policy initiatives. Dr. Ott led the committee responsible for the creation of BCC’s current Academic Master Plan and is overseeing its implementation.
Dr. Ott has professional and research expertise in transfer student transitions and success. He is a former president of the New York State Transfer and Articulation Association and plays a leadership role in the Bronx Transfer Affinity Group.
For over two decades in higher education, Dr. Ott has been motivated by a commitment to both academic excellence and social justice. These two principles, he believes, are essential to ensuring that the intellectual, social and economic benefits of higher education are distributed to the greatest number of individuals and communities.
A Bronx High School of Science graduate, Dr. Ott holds an undergraduate degree in political science and philosophy from SUNY Geneseo, a master’s degree in political science from Fordham University and a doctorate in education from Fordham University.
Dr. Alexander Ott
Ms. Bibi Yusuf-Moore is the Confidential Executive Assistant to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Bronx Community College. Ms. Yusuf -Moore manages the operational and administrative details for the Office of Academic Affairs. She collaborates with internal and external constituents to execute various matters such as personnel, budget, training and interpreting policy and procedures.
Prior to working at BCC, Ms. Yusuf-Moore held several roles in the financial sector such as Lending Product Manager with Quorum Federal Credit Union where she managed the International Student Loan Product for Wharton, Cornell and Yale Universities. She also had a tenure of 17 years as the Financial/Lending Analyst with McGraw Hill Federal Credit Union which provided financial services for the PSC/CUNY labor union members, faculty/staff of The Fashion Institute of Technology and Research Foundation.
Ms. Yusuf-Moore holds a Master of Science degree in Finance from Baruch College, Zicklin School of Business, a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Computer Information Systems from Baruch College, and an Associate in Applied Sciences degree in Marketing from Bronx Community College.
Assistant Dean Francisco Legasa has been at Bronx Community College since 2005, first as a College Assistant in the Advisement Office and later as an ASAP Academic Advisor and Director of ASAP and the First Year Program. Since 2016 he has served as an Assistant Dean in the Office of the Provost overseen Academic Advisement, ASAP and the First Year Program.
He has undergraduate degrees in education, music performance and music theory and a MA in musicology.
Katherine Acevedo-Coppa has been in the Office of Academic Affairs at Bronx Community College since September 2016. She implements, executes and oversees various projects for the Dean and the Provost of Academic Affairs. She also serves as the secretary for the College Personnel and Budget Committee. In addition, she is the BCC Director of the CUNY Research Scholars Program, a year-long program that encourages and supports undergraduate student research with faculty mentorship.
Prior to her arrival at BCC, she worked for the Department of Education for 19 years (in NYC and Georgia) as an educator in Special Education. She also worked in the Office of Academic Affairs at Hostos Community College, taught GED math classes for over ten years and was a founding administrator at the Children’s Aid College Prep Charter School in the Bronx.
Ms. Acevedo-Coppa graduated from Hunter College, with a BA in media studies. She went on to study at Argosy University in Sarasota, FL where she graduated with an MA in Curriculum and Instruction and an Ed. S. in Educational Leadership. She is currently enrolled in a doctoral program at the College of Staten Island.
Mrs. Liyeira (pronounced Lee-Jarra) Lopez-Friedman is the Scheduling Manager at Bronx Community College. With more than eighteen years of experience, Mrs. Lopez-Friedman is responsible for preparing and maintaining the schedule of classes, allocation of all academic rooming assignments, room changes and final-exam schedule.
She holds an Associate degree in Applied Sciences in Data Processing from Bronx Community College, a Bachelor of Science degree in Computing and Management from Herbert H. Lehman College, and a Master of Science degree in Business Management and Leadership Program from the School of Professional Studies.
Sahidha Odige is Director of Academic Affairs at Bronx Community College. She plays a pivotal role in helping the College achieve its goal of preparing, inspiring and empowering students. The areas under her purview include The Learning Commons, the Mathematics Lab and the Writing Center. She serves as the CUNY-wide Coordinated Undergraduate Education grant coordinator, designing programs to increase student success and reporting the college’s accomplishments to CUNY central.
Ms. Odige joined BCC in September 2015 as the Academic Support Services Manager leading the BCC Learning Commons. She branded, marketed and expanded academic support services and supplemental instruction in this role. She also served as the Immersion Director overseeing developmental workshops and successfully assisting students’ academic progress through developmental courses in English, ESL, math and reading. Sahidha also secured over $1 million funding to support developmental redesign initiatives.
She has served the BCC community as Co-Chair for Middle States Commission Committee on Design and Delivery of Students Learning Experience; Campus Co-Chair for the CUNY Academic Momentum Campaign; BCC representative to CUE Council; Member of the BCC Strategic Planning Committee; Member of the Strategic Enrollment Management Planning Committee; Member of the Planning Committee for the Title V – HSI STEM Grant; Member of the Bronx Opportunity Network; HEO representative to College Council and most recently the Reoccupancy Committee.
Ms. Odige holds a BPS and MPA from The City University of New York. She is pursuing an Ed.D. in Community College Leadership at Morgan State University.
Dean Luis Montenegro has been at Bronx Community College since 1997, with an initial appointment as faculty in the Engineering, Physics and Technology department. He served as department Chairperson for eight years until 2012. Since that time he has served in the executive team in the Office of the Provost, having served as Associate Dean for Curricular Matters, Dean for Academic Affairs and Interim Provost. He oversees the Office of Personnel Administration and Workload and the Center for Teaching and Learning and Technology.
Dr. Montenegro attended Los Angeles City College before transferring to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received a B.S. degree in Physics. He received a M.A. degree in Physics at City College of New York and a Ph.D. in Physics from CUNY’s Graduate School and University Center.
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