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A rare leadership change at C-GCC

April 5, 2019 10:02 pm

The situation at Columbia-Greene Community College is one that officials have faced only five times in campus history: Selecting a new president.

The decision requires a measured, thoughtful analysis. It has to take in the nuances of personality, background, experience and educational history. In other words, it must be carefully examined from different angles. After all, given the few times the college has gone through the search process, the Board of Trustees could well be choosing a president for life.

College President James Campion will step down in July after 19 years, the longest-tenured chief executive in C-GCC history. In today’s go-go world, that’s a long time in one job at one place.

Who will succeed Campion? There are three choices:

n Ronald G. Cantor is special adviser to the Maine Community College System. He previously served as president of Southern Maine Community College, associate vice president and dean at Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica and associate dean for liberal arts at Jefferson Community College in Watertown.

n Carlee Rader Drummer is president of Quinebaug Valley Community College in Killingly, Connecticut. She previously served as executive director of College Advancement and was executive director of the Educational Foundation at Oakton Community College for 13 years.

n Ann Marrott served at Ulster County Community College for 28 years as director, associate dean, vice president and most recently as senior vice president for Enrollment Management and Student Services.

Coming up with a suitable successor to Campion will take hard work and an unbending commitment to excellence. It will require each candidate to understand the strengths and weaknesses of rural communities such as ours. And it is up to the search committee to examine each candidate’s approach to the problems they are likely to meet.

We think the search committee is up to the task.

Sorry, but.these are NOT exciting candidates. The world of academia provided community college candidates for a community college. Not inspired. Maybe I’m missing a gem in the group. Maybe there’s a great educator/administrator there. I’ll wholeheartedly support the college and whoever is chosen.