DCC President Pamela Edington to Retire

POUGHKEEPSIE – Dr. Pamela R. Edington, president of Dutchess Community College (DCC) since 2014, will retire her position as President of DCC on July 31. As president emeritus, she will remain available to assist in the transition of leadership, and for other duties as the board of trustees may request, through January 2021.

During her tenure as president of DCC, Dr. Edington was instrumental in connecting the college to the community, establishing a site at the Family Partnership Center in the City of Poughkeepsie, increasing student success and developing programs of study to meet emerging workforce needs in the mid-Hudson Valley. She also introduced service learning to the College, providing opportunities for students to augment classroom learning with real-world experiences helping local nonprofits meet community needs. Two major initiatives advanced under Dr. Edington’s leadership – the relocation of DCC South from Wappinger to the former Dutchess Mall in Fishkill and the development of a highly competitive and in-demand airframe maintenance technician program in a new facility nearing completion at Hudson Valley Regional Airport in the Town of Wappinger – are on schedule to be completed later this year.

“I take tremendous pride in the reputation DCC has earned over the past six years as a community ally, collaborator and leader, working with local agencies to  leverage resources and achieve shared goals,” said Dr. Edington. “It has been a privilege to work with DCC’s exceptional faculty and staff, and our county, to provide Dutchess residents with an outstanding higher education that is affordable and accessible, and that values diversity, equity and inclusion.”    

“Our county and our college have benefited greatly from Dr. Edington's leadership,” said Michael Francis Dupree, chair of the DCC board of trustees. “Her dedication to our students and to the community that embraced her will be hallmarks of her six years as president. Her commitment to inclusion and diversity will be a lasting legacy.”

Dr. Edington was awarded the Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medal and also named the Woman of the Year by the local chapter of the American Association of University Women in 2018. She was recognized as a Community Champion by the United Way of Dutchess and Orange Counties in 2019. In 2017 she earned the Peggy Martinko Trailblazer Award from the Arc of Dutchess and an Athena Award from the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce. She serves on the Dutchess County Workforce Investment Board, the Dutchess County Economic Development Advisory Council, the Board of Visitors of Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital, and the boards of Hudson Valley Hospice and the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum.

The lifelong educator became the College's fifth president and first woman to hold the position after serving nine years as dean of academic affairs, then provost, of Norwalk Community College in Connecticut. Previously, she worked for 19 years at Middlesex Community College in Massachusetts, first as an assistant professor of sociology, then division chair and ultimately dean of social science and human services. She 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.

Dr. Edington and her husband plan to relocate to the West Coast to be closer to their two daughters and their families.