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C-GCC enters a new era

May 13, 2019 10:01 pm

Remember the name Carlee Rader Drummer. It’s a landmark in the history of the Twin Counties.

Drummer became only the sixth Columbia-Greene Community College president in the 52-year history of the institution, and that is a rock-solid sign of stability and consistency in tumultuous times. But Drummer is the first woman to hold the office, and that is a sea change in terms of the college’s future.

Her appointment, which becomes official on July 5, fills us with hope that the college will adapt to new social norms for men and women, while maintaining the ability to withstand the inevitable forces and stresses to come.

Drummer will bring a new dimension to Columbia-Greene with her diverse and impressive experience. She spearheaded a solar panel partnership between General Electric and Quinebaug Valley Community College in Danielson, Connecticut, served as executive director of college advancement and held numerous faculty appointments.

She will bring vast experience in higher education focused on expanding academic and student life opportunities, building a sturdy foundation to serve Twin County students, faculty and the broader region served by the campus.

The chemistry feels right, as well.

“The moment I set foot on campus, I knew I wanted Columbia-Greene to be my next home,” she said last Friday.

A former Long Island resident and a graduate of SUNY Stony Brook, Drummer is looking forward to coming back to New York and the SUNY system, she said.

“The faculty and staff deeply care about the students and their success and that’s what community colleges are about,” Drummer said. “Columbia-Greene showcases that beautifully.”

Most important, perhaps, Drummer hopes to expand on what retiring President James Campion achieved in his 19-year tenure at the college.

“The college has really been meeting the community’s workforce needs with its nursing, automotive and technology programs,” Drummer said. “I want to make sure students have the experience they need to transfer to a four-year university or go right into the workforce.”

We welcome Carlee Rader Drummer to the Twin Counties and wish her all the best as she takes the helm at Columbia-Greene Community College. To paraphrase a famous line of movie dialogue, we think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.