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Humphrey A. Crookendale


Vice President for Academic Affairs
Metropolitan College of New York

Humphrey A. Crookendale currently serves as Metropolitan College of New York’s (MCNY’s) vice president for academic affairs. In this role, he leads the faculty and staff of the college’s Audrey Cohen School for Human Services and Education, School for Business, School for Public Affairs and Administration, Bronx campus, libraries, and learning enhancement center. For more than 30 years, Humphrey A. Crookendale has served in a number of important academic leadership roles at MCNY. He helped found the college’s first graduate program, in public administration.

Crookendale was a key architect of the college’s Master of Science in Administration degree program, the college’s first graduate program. It was his vision to also develop a curriculum for a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree in Emergency and Disaster Management. In addition to leading the day-to-day activities of the SPAA, Crookendale has also taught in the MPA program. His areas of interest in teaching are public policy and policy analysis.

Crookendale has been very interested in how the confluence of local, state and federal politics influences the policy process and, ultimately, policy itself. He also created and has led the college’s long-running “Urban Dialogues” program, which provides a forum in which scholars, legislators, policy makers, students, and citizens can exchange ideas and discuss issues and trends that affect New York City and other urban centers across the nation.

Crookendale earned a B.A. from Queens College of the City University of New York in Political Science and Communications. He also earned a J.D. from Howard University’s School of Law. He has served on the boards of a number of prominent organizations and institutions, including ICL (Institute for Community Living) and the Jamaica YMCA.

Crookendale has been a frequent guest speaker at government, church, and community events. He has also been a long-time resident of and advocate for Brooklyn and has lived in Bedford-Stuyvesant for the past 35 years. He is married, with two children, Brandeis and Simeon. Brandeis is a tenured teacher for the New York City Board of Education and Simeon recently earned his master’s degree in emergency management from Pace University.