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It’s Official!

SUNY Board of Trustees Approves the Appointment of Dr. James M. Sunser as President of Genesee Community College

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Contact: Morgan Hook; morgan.hook@suny.edu; 518-320-1311

Albany – The State University of New York Board of Trustees today approved the appointment of Dr. James M. Sunser as president of Genesee Community College, as previously approved by the Board of Trustees at the campus. His appointment is effective August 1, 2011.

Dr. Sunser currently serves as vice president for continuing and extended learning at Onondaga Community College, where he oversees a wide variety of educational programs for non-traditional students, distance learners, high school students, and employees of hundreds of area businesses.

“Dr. Sunser has literally been with SUNY since he was a student and it is a great pleasure to support his appointment as the fourth president of Genesee Community College,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “As an alumnus and a seasoned professional, educator, and leader, Dr. Sunser is ideally suited to the post.”

“Dr. Sunser’s experience in community college education and administration has served SUNY well since he took his first job at Onondaga Community College in 1989,” said Board Chairman Carl T. Hayden. “There is no question that the leadership skills and system knowledge he has developed since then will continue to be an asset. On behalf of the Board, I am very pleased to support his appointment as Genesee’s president today.”

Dr. Sunser said, “I am grateful to Chancellor Zimpher and the Board of Trustees for this opportunity. I know firsthand how community colleges make life-changing differences to the people we serve. Making education possible is not a job, it is a vocation. I can think of no better way to spend my life, and I am humbled and honored to join with the trustees, faculty, staff, and many supporters of Genesee Community College in bringing the gift of learning to our students and our communities.”

The Board’s appointment of Dr. Sunser concludes a national search that was guided by an 11-member search committee comprised of college and community representatives. The search committee reviewed the backgrounds of 42 candidates.

Dr. Sunser will replace Dr. Stuart Steiner, who is retiring after 44 years of service to Genesee, including 36 years as president. Dr. Sunser’s salary will be $177,832.

About James M. Sunser

Dr. Sunser has spent much of his educational career at Onondaga Community College. Prior to his appointment as vice president for continuing and extended learning in 2004, he served Onondaga as vice president for finance (1996-2004) and bursar (1989-1996). He also served as associate bursar of Syracuse University (1985-1989).

A native of Syracuse, Dr. Sunser graduated from Onondaga Community College in 1984 with the A.A.S. degree. He holds a B.S. degree from Syracuse University (1989), a M.S. degree from SUNY College at Brockport (1999), a Certificate of Advanced Study from the University of Rochester (2010), and an Ed.D. degree from the University of Rochester (2010).

Dr. Sunser was instrumental to a number of initiatives at Onondaga, including the construction of the Whitney Applied Technology Center, residence halls for 600 students, the creation of a Center for Workforce Development, and development of new degree programs in nuclear technology, sustainability, and overhead lineman studies. He is a recipient of the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service (2000). Since 2004, he has served as a member of the adjunct faculty of Keuka College.

Dr. Sunser is a well-known volunteer in the Syracuse-area community. Among his many volunteer commitments are service with the YMCA of Greater Syracuse’s Education Advisory Board; Syracuse City School District’s Construction Advisory Council; Education Committee of Central New York Works; American Red Cross; and Onondaga Stop DWI.

About Genesee Community College

Genesee Community College has achieved national acclaim for excellence and innovation. Genesee now offers 65 degree and certificate programs, which served 7,365 students last fall. The College expanded its nursing program over the last two years, and recently added innovative new degree programs in Veterinary Technology and Polysomnographic Technology. Last year, more than 12,000 employees of area business firms and community residents participated in a wide variety of non-credit professional and personal training programs. Last year, The Chronicle of Higher Education named Genesee one of the nation’s “Great Colleges to Work For.”
About the State University of New York

The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States, educating more than 467,000 students in more than 7,500 degree and certificate programs on 64 campuses with more than 2.5 million alumni around the globe. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit www.suny.edu 

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