VICE PRESIDENT for ACADEMIC and STUDENT AFFAIRS
The Board of Trustees and the Vice President Search Committee of SUNY Adirondack seeks
nominations and applications for the position of Vice President for Academic and Student
Interested parties are invited to visit the SUNY Adirondack web site at www.sunyacc.edu.
SUNY Adirondack Vision
SUNY Adirondack is a teaching- and learning-centered college committed to student
development and success.
SUNY Adirondack Mission
SUNY Adirondack Community College is a public, two-year, open-access, comprehensive
community college. The college is dedicated to the delivery of affordable, high-quality transfer,
career and technical credit programs; programs and credit-free classes that support lifelong
learning and workforce development opportunities; and support services that promote student
success. The college is committed to the support and advancement of community economic
development, and is an active participant in enhancing the intellectual, social and cultural life of
the community. The college also partners with four-year, degree-granting institutions to provide
access to those degrees on the SUNY Adirondack campus.
SUNY Adirondack Profile
SUNY Adirondack, is an outstanding community college in a beautiful region of New York, is
sponsored by Warren and Washington Counties and also serves parts of Saratoga County. The
service area population is approximately 150,000 people. The College is located in Queensbury,
which is adjacent to Glens Falls, Lake George and Saratoga Springs. It is a one-hour drive to
Albany and a four-hour drive to New York City, Boston and Montreal.
SUNY Adirondack was founded in 1960 and is a public, comprehensive, accredited unit of the
State University of New York (SUNY). It is governed by a ten-member board, three of whom
are appointed by the governor and six by the two sponsoring counties; one student is elected
from the student body. There is an active and enthusiastic non-profit foundation with an
endowment of $2.5million presently used primarily for student scholarship support. The Fall
2010 college credit enrollment was 4,100 reflecting a significant increase over the past five
years. The current operating budget is over $24 million. There are 410 employees, 209 of whom
are full-time. There are 100 full-time faculty, 57 full-time support staff and 52 full-time non-
faculty professional and administrative staff.
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SUNY Adirondack has strong transfer, technical and continuing education programs supported
by an excellent faculty and staff who are committed to the College and to the students. SUNY
Adirondack graduates are very successful when they transfer and when they enter employment.
The community views SUNY Adirondack as a significant asset and believes the College offers
high quality, affordable education in modern, well-maintained facilities with up to date
SUNY Adirondack’s friendly communities have a median household income of $48,000, and the
unemployment rate is lower than the national average. Health care, retail trades, tourism
industry, light manufacturing, and agriculture are the largest employment sectors in the area.
This region of the country is a great place in which to live and work. It is an area rich in history,
the arts and recreational opportunities. In addition to an outstanding performing arts center, there
are over 120 institutions of higher education within a 100 mile radius. The upper Hudson and
Mohawk Rivers, as well as over 200 lakes, are within easy driving distance. Crisp, clean air and
beautiful Adirondack vistas beckon thousands to the region annually to pursue outdoor activities.
Responsibilities and Challenges
Provide collaborative leadership and supervision for all academic and student services
programs in a manner which promotes student success and advances the mission of the
Oversee the development of new curricula, program and instructional strategies.
Oversee the employment and evaluation of all faculty and academic and student services
Work with the College President, and the Operations Team in providing administrative
direction in the areas of student and academic affairs.
Direct campus, Middle States, and SUNY based assessment projects.
Participate in and provide leadership to the college strategic planning process.
Represent academic and student affairs to the Board of Trustees.
Promote and represent the College to the greater community.
Communicate effectively with and positively interact with all members of the college
Serve as an advocate for students and student groups as well as for faculty and
academic/student services staff.
Direct a pro-active comprehensive enrollment management program which includes
recruitment, marketing, admissions and retention.
Provide leadership for the development of grant proposals in support of academic and
student service programs.
Oversee the development of student centered class schedules.
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Encourage the use of technology to enhance effective classroom learning opportunities.
Prepare timely internal and external reports.
Vice President Characteristics and Qualifications
Significant administrative experience in a college setting.
Earned Doctorate Degree from an accredited institution.
Multiple years of full-time college teaching experience.
Demonstrated track record of effective and dynamic leadership.
Proven record of success fostering, productive, internal, and external relationships.
Successful history of working with student services departments.
Experience in a community college.
Demonstrated ability to think critically and to solve problems creatively.
Openness to the ideas of others and ability to build consensus.
High standard of professional and personal ethics.
Sense of humor.
Participatory management style with visibility and activity on campus and in the
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Commitment to the mission of a student-centered comprehensive community college.
Working knowledge of assessment of student learning outcomes and institutional
Ability to make decisions and to communicate the need and basis for these decisions.
Ability to interact effectively with a diverse group of on-campus and off-campus
Application and Nomination Procedure
We invite individuals who are interested in the leadership challenges and opportunities at SUNY
Adirondack and who closely fit the stated characteristics and qualifications to apply for the
position of Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs. Applications should include a
letter of interest (not to exceed five pages), that addresses how the candidate satisfies the
qualifications and characteristics listed; a curriculum vitae; names, addresses, telephone numbers
and email addresses of five professional references including peers, persons supervised by the
candidate, and persons who supervised the candidate.
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The Vice President Search Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately. However,
in order to ensure consideration, please submit application materials by January 18, 2012.
An interim Vice President is currently in place but will not be an applicant for the permanent
Application materials should be sent to:
The Vice President Search Committee
c/o Cheryl Bolton
Human Resources Assistant
640 Bay Road
Queensbury, NY 12804
For additional information, nominations or confidential inquiries, contact Julie Golder Alion,
J.D., Board Services Coordinator, 202-775-4466 (office) or firstname.lastname@example.org or John Steinecke,
ACCT Search Services Specialist at email@example.com or 202-384-6539 (mobile).
SUNY Adirondack is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
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