SUNY Erie Community College (SUNY Erie) is beginning the search for a President to advance the institution’s proud tradition of excellence in academics, student life, and community service.
SUNY Erie is part of the State University of New York (SUNY), the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the U.S., and more than 95 percent of all New Yorkers live within 30 miles of any one of SUNY’s 64 colleges and universities. Across the system, SUNY has four academic health centers, five hospitals, four medical schools, two dental schools, the state’s only college of optometry, and manages one U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratory. In total, SUNY serves about 1.3 million students in credit-bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs. SUNY oversees nearly a quarter of academic research in New York. Research expenditures system-wide were more than $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2022, including significant contributions from students and faculty. There are more than three million SUNY alumni worldwide, and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree is a SUNY alum.
The President will advance the mission of SUNY Erie to meet the needs of a diverse student body and contribute to regional economic vitality by providing high-quality, flexible, affordable and accessible educational programs focused on student success. The President of SUNY Erie, as the chief executive officer reporting to the college trustees, is responsible for providing general educational leadership and for promoting the educational effectiveness of the institution in all its aspects. The President is the administrative leader of the college and works collegially with the college trustees and SUNY trustees in implementing policies, procedures, budgets, and ensuring that the institution’s strategic plan is achieved through the college’s programs, services, and activities. The chosen President will implement the vision of the institution to serve as an innovative learning resource by striving for universal access to lifelong learning, catalyzing economic and cultural development, and supporting a diverse and mobile student body. The ideal candidate brings high energy, broad vision, solid executive-level communications skills, demonstrated business acumen and credibility, and is a proven negotiator and politically savvy while being apolitical. The winning executive leader will work to develop, communicate, persuade, inspire and implement a robust plan and timeline on behalf of a beloved institution widely recognized for its value to the population it serves, to the community as a whole, and to the SUNY System.
The new president will be invited to assume these duties in the late summer or fall of 2023.
About SUNY Erie
SUNY Erie is celebrating its 77th year in 2023. For more than seven decades, the college has grown from a small two-year technical institute to a three-campus college serving roughly 8,000 students.
SUNY Erie ranks among the largest colleges in the region and has undergone significant changes in recent years as it has moved to serve its constituents with the addition of state-of- the-art facilities, professionally accredited programs, and outstanding teaching faculty. With more than 80 degree and certificate programs, the college’s three campuses provide an accessible, affordable education and an accommodating academic environment for Western New York high school students, working adults and veterans.
SUNY Erie grants two-year Associate in Arts, Associate in Science and Associate in Applied Science degrees in the areas of Business and Public Service, Health Sciences, Liberal Arts, and Engineering and Technologies. The college’s 28 certificate programs focus on the skills required for direct entry into the workforce. SUNY Erie is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
Online offerings allow students to customize college to fit their busy schedule through SUNY Erie’s Distance Learning Program. SUNY Erie’s workforce training provides customized non-credit professional development training to local businesses, individual community residents, and local government employees. SUNY Erie’s career-focused education is consistently recognized by local and national entities, and its more than 300 partnerships help match SUNY Erie students with sustainable career opportunities.
Nomination and Application Process
For full consideration, applications should be received by July 20, 2023. The application must include a cover letter, current resume, and contact information for five current professional references and should be sent to: SUNYErieCCPres23@agbsearch.com
For further information and instructions to applicants, please review the profile available via https://www.agbsearch.com/searches/president-suny-erie-community-college
All inquiries, nominations, and applications will be held in strictest confidence; references will not be contacted without the applicant’s expressed permission. Inquiries and nominations should be sent to: SUNYErieCCPres23@agbsearch.com or directed to:
Kim R. Bobby, Ed.D.
Frederick V. Moore, J.D.
Senior Executive Search Consultant
SUNY Erie Community College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. For a detailed statement of its practices see: https://www.ecc.edu/equity-diversity/
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