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Aug. 27, 2021 -- President Peter Grant Jordan has announced the appointment of two new trustees to the Dutchess Community College Board of Trustees. Both trustees are alumni: William R. Steinhaus ’69, and Ibis Guzman ’00.
William R. Steinhaus ‘69
William R. Steinhaus began his elected public service career in 1979, serving as Dutchess County clerk and commissioner of motor vehicles. He was re-elected in 1981, 1984 and 1987 and served in that position through 1991. Elected county executive in November 1991, Steinhaus took office as the youngest county executive in Dutchess County’s history. He was re-elected four more times - 1995, 1999, 2003 and 2007 - becoming the longest-serving county executive in county history. His long list of honors and recognition includes the Distinguished Alumnus in NY State award from New York State Community Colleges Boards of Trustees; a Distinguished Citizen Award from the Boy Scouts of America; and the Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Leadership award.
As county executive, Steinhaus led funding and planning support for a range of DCC facilities capital expansion, including construction of the Allyn J. Washington Center for Science and Art, and major renovations and upgrades to Taconic Hall, Falcon Hall and Bowne Hall.
Steinhaus is also a former president of the DCC Foundation, serving in this leadership role for 15 years. He and his wife, Susie, are long-time donors and supporters of the College. He is the charter inductee of the DCC Foundation’s Alumni Wall of Fame.
Steinhaus is a graduate of Roy C. Ketcham High School. After earning an associate degree in liberal arts and social sciences from DCC, he transferred to SUNY Brockport, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science. Steinhaus continued his education through graduate studies at Bridgeport University and SUNY New Paltz.
Steinhaus filled the vacancy created with the resignation of trustee Betsy Seaman Brown. His term will expire on June 30, 2026.
Ibis Guzman ’00
Ibis Guzman ’00 began his career at City/Scape Cultural Resource Consultants, serving as site supervisor of crews of archaeologists on commercial dig sites. In 2002, he joined Stissing National Bank as senior teller, supervising operational activities including customer service and cash reconciliations. Guzman then moved to Dallas, TX, where he served as branch manager for First National Bank Texas. In this position, he was responsible for an array of functions, including staff training and performance reviews, fraud management, high-level reporting and reconciliation activities.
Guzman returned to New York in 2006, assuming a leadership role as assistant vice president and branch manager for Stissing National Bank/Bank of Millbrook. His responsibilities in this role include policy and procedure regulation, federal and state compliance management, and audit coordination. He also supervises staffing operations, including disciplinary reviews, hiring, training and performance review.
Guzman’s community involvement includes serving as town justice for the Town of Pine Plains, NY, and president of the Pine Plains Lions Club. Other service roles include as vice president for the Dutchess County Magistrates Association; vice president of the Stanford Business Association; and president of the Pine Plains Business Association. Guzman is a certified interior firefighter and serves as vice president of the Pine Plains Hose Company.
Guzman is a graduate of Stissing Mountain High School. He earned an associate degree in liberal arts from DCC, regularly earning recognition on the President’s and Dean’s lists. Guzman continued his education at Binghamton University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in history, with double minors in archaeology and sociology.
Guzman replaced Trustee Tim Massie, whose term expired in June. Guzman’s term will expire on June 30, 2028.