Charles H. Pryor, II
CHARLES H. PRYOR, II is a groundbreaking veteran of higher education who has dedicated his career to directly combatting the low college graduation rates of marginalized communities by developing data-based academic programming, diversity and inclusion initiatives, student-centered curricula, and continuous professional development trainings for faculty and staff members. Charles is a dedicated advocate who mentors students and young adults who are considered overlooked, underserved, and marginalized in order to break the barriers of poverty and bolster a healthy self-image, generational wealth building, and access to the untapped educational opportunities the world has to offer.
Currently, as the Vice President of Student Engagement and Success for Stella and Charles Guttman Community College, Charles has worked tirelessly to bridge the gaps in campus culture, community involvement, operations, and annual revenue for the institution. Leveraging his own college experience, he has challenged campus leadership to look beyond the status quo to combat the challenges students face each day.
A sought-after speaker, Charles has been called upon by top New York high schools, colleges, and non-profit organizations to give presentations and participate in panel discussions for students wanting a realistic glimpse into the college experience, as well as the topics of race relations in America, the importance of mentorship in underrepresented communities, and the consequences of not practicing safe sex.
Charles holds a Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Professional Studies, Human Relations degree with a specialty in industrial counseling from the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT). While attending NYIT, he was the recipient of multiple presidential awards for exemplary service to the college community. Charles has continued his education by attending Saint Peter’s University, where he is pursuing his doctorate in educational leadership. He maintains active memberships in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); the National Association Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA); and the Association of International Educators (NAFSA).