7. The Bronx Community College Was the First Community College to Become a Historic Landmark

In 2012, the BCC became the first community college in America to be named a National Historic Landmark, described by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar as a “nationally significant example of Beaux-Arts architecture.” Designation was one of the priorities for BCC President Carole Berotte Joseph, who took office in 2011. Among the specific buildings included in the landmarking were Gould Memorial Library, the Hall of Fame of Great Americans, Hall of Languages, Philosophy Hall and Havemeyer Lab.