National Writing Project

NWP Board of Directors

Augusta Souza Kappner

Board Member since 1996; Board Vice Chair; Member of Advancement & Sustainability Committee; Member of Executive Committee

President Emeritus, Bank Street College of Education, New York, NY
Visiting Scholar, New York University, New York

Dr. Augusta Souza Kappner served as President of Bank Street College of Education for thirteen years, ending in 2008. Bank Street is widely recognized for its progressive programs in teacher education, early childhood, and educational leadership training, and its demonstration school for children.

Prior to her appointment at Bank Street, Dr. Kappner served as the Assistant Secretary for Vocational and Adult Education for the United States Department of Education. At the Department, Dr. Kappner was responsible for leading and managing the Department's vocational, literacy, and adult education programs. Before her tenure in Washington, she served as Acting President of the City University of New York (CUNY). From 1986 to 1992, Dr. Kappner was President of the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC), the largest of the CUNY system's seven community colleges. Under her leadership, BMCC expanded the number of its academic programs, improved student retention, and strengthened its ties to the private sector and the public school system.

Dr. Kappner has served on many boards and commissions, including the New York City Department of Education's Policy Advisory Panel, the Middle States Association's Commission on Higher Education, the American Association of Community Colleges, the College Board, the American Council on Education's Commissions on Women in Higher Education and on Advancement of Racial and Ethnic Equity, the National Council on Black American Affairs, the New York State Child Care Commission, the Commission for a Nation of Lifelong Learners, the Marymount Manhattan College Board of Trustees, Teaching Matters, the After School Corporation (TASC), and PENCIL. She also chaired the Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE) Board and the advisory board for the Adult Literacy Media Alliance (ALMA), and was a member of the Education Commission for the States National Advisory Board on School Governance for several years. She currently serves on the boards of the National Writing Project, the Wallace Foundation, and the Research Alliance for the New York City Public Schools.

Dr. Kappner received her bachelor's degree from Barnard College, her master's degree in social work from Hunter College, and her doctorate in social welfare policy from Columbia University. In 1984, she completed a study of family day care providers in New York City. In 1988, Columbia awarded her the Medal for Excellence, one of the University's most prestigious honors. In the same year, she received the Barnard College Medal of Distinction. In 1996, Barnard granted her its Distinguished Alumna Award. In 2000, she was a recipient of the Foundation for Child Development's Centennial Award, the Women's City Club Civic Spirit Award, and the Morris T. Keeton Award for Excellence from the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL). Dr. Kappner has also been a Carnegie Fellow.

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