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Elizabeth (Betsy) Hendrey

Academic Affairs at Queens College

Provost and Vice President 


Elizabeth (Betsy) Hendrey is the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Queens College, CUNY. She supervises all academic departments and programs, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, Experiential Education, the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Center for Ethnic, Racial and Religious Understanding, the Center for Career Engagement, as well as the College’s global initiatives, including Study Abroad and International Students and Scholars. She led the effort to bring Navitas, a global higher education organization that partners with universities to increase international students’ access to higher education, to campus to institute an international student success program, the first partnership with Navitas in New York. It was inaugurated in 2020. She serves on the American Council on Education’s Commission for Internationalization and Global Engagement. She leads the College’s accreditation efforts, most recently its successful re-accreditation as part of a select group of 15 colleges and universities which piloted the new MSCHE standards. Her office supervises various strategic initiatives and projects, including a $5m, 5-year HSI-STEM grant from the US Department of Education. In 2012-2013, she served as Chief Operating Officer and Vice President for Strategic Planning and Enrollment Management, supervising Finance and Budget, Human Resources, Public Safety, and all enrollment management areas and international programs. Before this, she was the Dean of Social Sciences at Queens College from 2005-2012, after serving for three years as chair of the Economics Department. Under her leadership, the College developed degrees in finance, international business, actuarial studies, and an interdisciplinary graduate program in risk management.