Queens Borough President Honors SJU Administrator as Advocate for Underserved Students
In recognition of his “unparalleled leadership” promoting educational opportunities in Queens, NY, André McKenzie, vice president for academic support services at St. John’s University, was honored at the borough’s annual African American History Month ceremony, held at Queens Borough Hall on February 25.
Melinda Katz, Queens borough president, presented an Education Award to McKenzie, thanking him for his advocacy on behalf of underserved students throughout his 27 years at St. John’s. She praised his “extraordinary dedication to promoting educational opportunity and excellence” and noted his success in increasing the availability of college-readiness initiatives like College Advantage, GEAR UP, the Liberty Partnerships Program, and the New York State Science & Technology Entry Program (STEP).
Also at the ceremony, six high school students were given scholarships, and two community members were saluted for their contributions to the arts and culture of Queens.
McKenzie, who has published articles about African American education issues and provides guidance to professional and civil rights organizations, acknowledged the support he has received from the University.
“It’s truly humbling to be recognized for doing what you love,” he said. “I hope that my work, in some small way, helps to continue to open doors for African American youth as well as other marginalized members of the community.”