Dutchess Community College Names Next President

June 17, 2014 – Pamela R. Edington, Ed.D., current Provost and Dean of Academic Affairs at Norwalk Community College in Connecticut, has been named the fifth president of Dutchess Community College. Dr. Edington will assume the position August 1.

“As an experienced educator and administrator with 28 years of service at community colleges in Massachusetts and Connecticut, Dr. Edington distinguished herself as the most highly qualified individual to lead Dutchess Community College in embracing the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead,” said Thomas E. LeGrand, chair of the College’s Board of Trustees. “She is a visionary with demonstrated accomplishments in key areas that include enhancing student success; developing community-wide partnerships; strengthening educational pathways in science, technology, engineering and math; and fostering campus collaboration.” He added, “Based on the feedback from the faculty, staff, students and community members who served on the Presidential Search Committee, as well as others who participated in the candidate screening process, I am confident that Dr. Edington is the right fit for DCC and will uphold the tradition of excellence established by her predecessors.”

SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher recommended that the SUNY Board of Trustees approve
Dr. Edington’s appointment. “Throughout her career, Dr. Edington has proven to be an innovator, a convener, and a skilled and respected administrator,” said Zimpher. “Her knowledge and experience will be a great asset for the DCC campus and community, as well as the college’s faculty, staff and students. We are pleased to have Dr. Edington join the SUNY leadership team, and I look forward to working with her.”

Dr. Edington comes to DCC with nine years of experience at Norwalk Community College (Norwalk, CT), where she began as Dean of Academic Affairs and in 2011, earned the additional title of Provost, serving as second in command to the president. Previously, she worked for 19 years at Middlesex Community College (Bedford/Lowell, MA), first as an Assistant Professor of Sociology, and then as Division Chair – and ultimately Dean – of Social Science and Human Services.

Dr. Edington was one of just 37 community college leaders selected in 2010 by a national review panel to attend the prestigious Executive Leadership Institute sponsored by the League for Innovation in the Community College, an international association dedicated to catalyzing the community college movement. In 2011, the Community College National Center for Community Engagement honored Dr. Edington as a “Beacon of Vision, Hope and Action” for her commitment to service-learning and civic engagement.

Dr. Edington holds an Ed.D. in Educational Policy, Research and Administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Notre Dame and a B.A. in Sociology from the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN.

“I am honored to be the next president of Dutchess Community College,” said Dr. Edington. “I look forward to working with the college's faculty, students, staff and Board of Trustees, as well as its many alumni, friends and supporters, to build on its tradition of promoting access, affordability and academic excellence.”

Dr. Edington outlined key educational initiatives that she will seek to advance as president. “I believe we must work to increase the number of Dutchess students who complete their degree, develop additional programs of study to meet emerging workforce needs in the mid-Hudson Valley, implement a service-learning program that offers opportunities for students to deepen their academic learning while helping to meet community-defined needs, and create strategic relationships with community partners to enhance the educational pathway in Dutchess County from pre-K through college,” she explained.

DCC’s nationwide presidential search earlier this year attracted more than 50 applicants. The College’s Presidential Search Committee, led by Board Vice Chair Vincent J. DiMaso and comprised of faculty, staff, trustees, alumni, students, Foundation board directors and community members, reviewed the applications and interviewed 10 candidates. The pool was then narrowed to five finalists, each of whom spent two days on campus in interviews and forums with various stakeholders. On June 12, the DCC Board of Trustees convened to appoint Dr. Edington as president, pending SUNY Board of Trustees approval on June 17.

DCC’s next president was born and raised in Minnesota but has lived on the East Coast for most of her life. She and her husband, William, a research administrator, have two adult daughters.

Dr. Edington will succeed Dr. D. David Conklin, who will retire after having served DCC as president for 22 years, and has the distinction of being the longest actively serving president in the SUNY system. “Under Dr. Conklin’s careful stewardship, DCC has earned a reputation as one of the finest community colleges in the state,” said LeGrand. “He has worked tirelessly over the past two decades to ensure that students have access to an outstanding higher education at an affordable cost, and to position the College as a resource and asset vital to quality of life in the mid-Hudson Valley.”


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