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Pamela Edington named president of Dutchess Community College in New York

Dutchess Community College June 18, 2014

New Dutchess Community College president Pamela Edington

Pamela R. Edington, Ed.D., current Provost and Dean of Academic Affairs at Norwalk Community College in Connecticut, has been named the fifth president of Dutchess Community College. Dr. Edington will assume the position August 1.

“As an experienced educator and administrator with 28 years of service at community colleges in Massachusetts and Connecticut, Dr. Edington distinguished herself as the most highly qualified individual to lead Dutchess Community College in embracing the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead,” said Thomas E. LeGrand, chair of the College’s Board of Trustees. “She is a visionary with demonstrated accomplishments in key areas that include enhancing student success; developing community-wide partnerships; strengthening educational pathways in science, technology, engineering and math; and fostering campus collaboration.” He added, “Based on the feedback from the faculty, staff, students and community members who served on the Presidential Search Committee, as well as others who participated in the candidate screening process, I am confident that Dr. Edington is the right fit for DCC and will uphold the tradition of excellence established by her predecessors.”

SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher recommended that the SUNY Board of Trustees approve
Dr. Edington’s appointment. “Throughout her career, Dr. Edington has proven to be an innovator, a convener, and a skilled and respected administrator,” said Zimpher. “Her knowledge and experience will be a great asset for the DCC campus and community, as well as the college’s faculty, staff and students. We are pleased to have Dr. Edington join the SUNY leadership team, and I look forward to working with her.”

Dr. Edington comes to DCC with nine years of experience at Norwalk Community College (Norwalk, CT), where she began as Dean of Academic Affairs and in 2011, earned the additional title of Provost, serving as second in command to the president. Previously, she worked for 19 years at Middlesex Community College (Bedford/Lowell, MA), first as an Assistant Professor of Sociology, and then as Division Chair – and ultimately Dean – of Social Science and Human Services.

Dr. Edington was one of just 37 community college leaders selected in 2010 by a national review panel to attend the prestigious Executive Leadership Institute sponsored by the League for Innovation in the Community College, an international association dedicated to catalyzing the community college movement. In 2011, the Community College National Center for Community Engagement honored Dr. Edington as a “Beacon of Vision, Hope and Action” for her commitment to service-learning and civic engagement.

Dr. Edington holds an Ed.D. in Educational Policy, Research and Administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Notre Dame and a B.A. in Sociology from the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN.
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