Dr. Gail O. Mellow has served as president of LaGuardia Community College in Queens since 2000. A member of the City University of New York (CUNY) system, LaGuardia is a nationally recognized leader among community colleges for achieving boundary-breaking success educating underserved students. An expert on the history, development and future of the American community college, Dr. Mellow co-authored "Minding the Dream: The Process and Practice of the American Community College" (Rowman & Littlefield, 2nd ed. 2014) and "Taking College Teaching Seriously: Pedagogy Matters!" (Stylus, 2015). She is frequently sought as a commentator on the changing landscape of higher education, strategies for improving the nation's graduation rate and the important role community colleges play in growing America's middle class and strengthening the economy. Dr. Mellow received an A.A. from Jamestown Community College, a B.A. from SUNY Albany and her M.A. and Ph. D. in Social Psychology from George Washington University.