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May 6, 2014

SUNY Delhi provost looks into Dutchess County job

A top administrator from the State University College of Technology at Delhi said Monday that he may be leaving to take a position at another college.

John Nader, provost at SUNY Delhi and former city of Oneonta mayor, said he is among five finalists who are candidates for the role of president at Dutchess Community College in Poughkeepsie.

“I am very flattered,” Nader said.

The position was called to Nader’s attention in December when the community college’s presidential search committee sent him a prospectus, Nader said. Before he decided whether he would apply, Nader visited the campus and was “extremely impressed” with the school’s physical setting, faculty and quality of facilities. He decided it would be a good fit for him. 

Nader, of Oneonta, has worked at SUNY Delhi for more than 30 years. This is his fifth year as the school’s provost, he said. Before that, he was a faculty member and then the dean of liberal arts and science. As provost, Nader is responsible for the school’s academic programs and services.

Nader said he believes that the presidential search committee has selected an excellent group of candidates. The other finalists include Pamela Edington, from Connecticut; James Mabry, from Arizona; Dianna Phillips, from New Jersey; and Joanne Russell, from Westchester County. They are all administrators at community colleges.

The duties and responsibilities of a college president are quite different from those of a provost, Nader said. The president’s duties are broader and include forming a plan for the future, encouraging fund raising and acting as the voice of the college and a liaison to the community.

Judi Stokes, spokesperson for Dutchess Community College, said the candidates are making visits to the campus this week to meet with the campus community, Board of Trustees, faculty and staff. The final decision will be made by the Board of Trustees and announced at the end of May, she said.

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