James J. Linksz
Past President, Bucks County Community College
Dr. Linksz served as President of Bucks County Community College from 1992-2012. During that time the College built on its fine reputation by increasing its investments in technology by over $10 million, by creating options for students at new off-campus sites and via distance learning, and by updating campus buildings and infrastructure. In 1996, the college opened a new Music building, and in 1999 the College opened its new Gateway Center and Upper County Campus. A new Art building and Wellness Center opened in 2002, and an Allied Health addition in 2007. The new Lower Bucks Campus opened in Fall 2007.
Prior to coming to Bucks, Dr. Linksz served for 12 years as the Chief Academic Officer and five years as Professor of Art and Chairman of the Humanities Division at Catonsville Community College near Baltimore. Before that he was the founding Chief Academic Officer at Rappahannock Community College in Virginia, where he had oversight of the total academic program in this two-campus college.
Dr. Linksz completed his bachelor's degree at Dartmouth College, and earned his master's and doctoral degrees at Columbia University. At Columbia he was a W. K. Kellogg Fellow in community college management. He also completed Harvard University's Institute for Educational Management.
His community activities include service as Treasurer of the Federal Lands Reuse Authority, memberships on the Lower Bucks Chamber Leadership Board, Bucks County Violence Prevention Task Force, Pearl Buck International Board, Temple/Lower Bucks Hospital Advisory Board, YWCA Advisory Board, and Children's Cultural Society Board. He is an ordained elder at Doylestown Presbyterian Church and served on its Session, as former Chair of the Personnel Committee, and as a member of the Senior Choir.
Dr. Linksz also served as President of the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges, and Chair of the Council of Community College Presidents, and founding Chairman of the Pennsylvania Virtual Community College Coordinating Board.
He is married to Dr. Donna Linksz, Dean of Mathematics, Science, Engineering and Computer Science at Catonsville, and they share three children all in graduate school or working in the Maryland/DC area.