Dr. Munroe, who previously served as president of Malcolm X College, part of the City Colleges of Chicago system, becomes Essex’s 8th president in its history. He is serving as interim president through May 31.
The Board unanimously approved his appointment as president effective June 1 through May 31, 2020.
“It’s truly an honor to be here,” said Dr. Munroe. “I’m happy because I know what we have at Essex and we will continue to build on that legacy. We have a lot of work to do and together we will get it done.”
Dr. Munroe replaces President Emeritus A. Zachary Yamba, who has served as acting president the past 13 months. “ Today the College ushers in a new leader,” said Dr. Yamba. “I want to thank everyone at the College who supported me and I know you will extend that same support to Dr. Munroe.”`
In welcoming Dr. Munroe, Trustee Chair Bibi Taylor also praised the work done by Dr. Yamba who came out of retirement to serve as acting head. “Dr. Yamba did a yeoman job to get us to the point where we can now welcome Dr. Munroe as our next president,” she said.
During his time with Malcolm X College with more than 12,000 students, Dr. Munroe led the successful implementation of the College to Careers initiative, a program that is designed to close the job skills gap and that has been recognized by The World Bank as a global best practice.
He also led and facilitated the planning and construction of a new campus and led enrollment management and program development initiatives that allowed Malcolm X College to exceed enrollment projections.
Previously, Dr. Munroe has held senior leadership positions in health care institutions.
Married with two young sons, Dr. Munroe holds a Doctorate in Education with a focus on Health Education from Teachers College at Columbia University.
Dr. Munroe has also been a visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at DePaul University, also in Chicago.