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NCCC announces presidential search finalists

Thu, Apr 25th 2019 12:10 pm

The Niagara County Community College board of trustees announced last Thursday that its presidential search committee has identified four finalists for the college presidency and will hold open public forums for each candidate.  

“We were fortunate to have a large applicant pool of very qualified candidates,” said trustee Bonnie R. Sloma, secretary of the board of trustees and search committee co-chair. “We ended up with an exceptional group of finalists with considerable experience serving in administrative and academic affairs leadership positions at community colleges and four-year institutions.”

The Niagara County Community College presidential finalists include:

•Thomas W. Meyer, Ph.D., vice president of academic services and student development at Lehigh Carbon Community College in Lehigh Valley. He previously served as dean of academic and student affairs at Broward College in Fort Lauderdale. Meyer earned a Doctor of Philosophy in educational linguistics, a Master of Science in teaching English to speakers of other languages, and a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

•Stephen W. Dunnivant, Ed.D. is dean of business, industry, and technology at Tallahassee Community College in Tallahassee. He previously served as associate dean of program development and executive director of Millaway Institute for Entrepreneurship at Gulf Coast State College in Panama City. Dunnivant earned a Doctor of Education in curriculum and instruction at the University of West Florida in Pensacola; a Master of Arts in education and human development from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.; a Bachelor of Science in interdisciplinary social science from Florida State University in Tallahassee; and an Associate of Arts in college studies from Gulf Coast Community College.

Lori V. Quigley, Ph.D., is vice president for academic affairs and chief academic officer at Medaille College in Buffalo. She previously served as dean, Esteves School of Education, and professor of literary education at The Sage Colleges in Troy. Quigley earned a Doctor of Philosophy in language, learning and literacy, and a Master of Arts in public communication at Fordham University in New York; and a Bachelor of Arts in mass communications at St. Bonaventure University.

Darrin Q. Rankin, Ph.D., is vice president of student success and chief student affairs officer for Lone Star College System in Kingwood, Texas. He previously served as vice president of student affairs and enrollment management at Marygrove College in Detroit. Rankin earned a Doctor of Philosophy in higher education administration at Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi; a Master of Science in higher education administration student personnel services from Syracuse University; a Bachelor of Arts in pre-law and sociology at Loyola University in New Orleans; and attended Delgado Community College in New Orleans.

“It is our goal to select the most qualified candidate that will benefit both the college and the community – one who has the insight to move the college forward in a positive manner,” said trustee Gina I. Virtuoso, vice chairperson of the board of trustees and search committee co-chair. “We look forward to bringing all of the finalists to campus so we can learn more about them.” 

The candidates will visit the NCCC Sanborn campus April 30 through May 7. The date that each candidate will visit NCCC is as follows: Meyer, April 30; Dunnivant, May 2; Quigley, May 6; and Rankin, May 7. The community is invited to open forums on each of those days from 2:15-3 p.m. in the main cafeteria on the second floor of the G building. The college is located at 3111 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn.

William L. Ross, chairperson of the NCCC board of trustees and search committee member, said, “I encourage our students, faculty, staff, administration, alumni and the community to attend the candidates’ open forums and provide the board of trustees with their important feedback.”    

For more information about the public forums, visit the NCCC presidential search webpage at http://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/presidential-search/.

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