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North Country Community College names new president


SARANAC LAKE - The North Country Community College Board of Trustees has selected Dr. Steve Tyrell to serve as the college’s newest president.

The board passed a resolution after a unanimous vote at a special board meeting this week.

The decision to select Dr. Tyrell came after a three month long presidential search process which began in January. A presidential search committee of 22 people, which included facult, staff, residents, business representatives, students, and administration members was set up.

Keith Gross, director of Human Resources and a non-voting member of the presidential search committee, described the process as “extremely comprehensive.”

The final decision was made by the Board of Trustees after the committee narrowed the search to four candidates.

Mr. Gross said that the four candidates visited each of the three NCCC campuses for two days. Open forums were held at each. campus This gave faculty, staff, students, and community members a chance to meet the candidates and ask them questions.

Board of Trustee Chair Gerald Blair said in a news release provided by NCCC, “The Board of Trustees is very pleased with the process of the search and its final outcome. Dr. Tyrell is an excellent choice for NCCC, the administration and faculty, and its students.”

Dr. Tyrell is currently the vice president of Student Affairs at Alfred State College.

“I’m honored to be selected by the North Country Community College Board of Trustees. I know how hard these decisions are,” he said Wednesday afternoon. “I’m looking forward to working at NCCC and the surrounding communities and meeting the needs of these communities.”

Dr. Tyrell has worked at Alfred State College since 2004. Prior to Alfred State College, he served as associate dean for Student Discipline at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and associate dean for Student Affairs at Michigan Tech, along with other positions in residence life, student activities and student union operations at SUNY New Paltz.

Tyrell holds a doctorate in Rhetoric and Technical Communication from Michigan Tech, a MA in Educational Administration and Supervision and a BS in Speech Communication, both from SUNY New Paltz. He is completing his 29th year in higher education and his 19th with SUNY.

Tyrell has published, presented papers and served as an invited keynote speaker on topics ranging from academic integrity, assessing community development in the residence halls, crisis management, managing issues related to students at risk, effective intervention strategies for alcohol and drugs, applying student development theories and models to practice, middle managerial discourse, effectiveness and politics in higher education, developing student learning outcomes assessment programs, conflict and communication, to strategic planning, assessment and resource allocation. He has served as adjunct faculty teaching interpersonal communication, according to a news release provided by NCCC.

“What I hope to bring is my background in work in infrastructure and facilities, workforce development, and my deep care of student learning,” Dr. Tyrell said Wednesday. “I hope to continue to encourage that.”

Dr. Tyrell’s presidency will be effective as of June 24 provided that his appointment as president is approved by the State University of New York. Tyrell and his wife are natives of upstate New York, and he seems excited to be working in the area.

“I am elated to have the opportunity to serve NCCC,” he said Wednesday. “The fact that I’m returning home is an added bonus.”

Dr. Carol Brown, who has been president of NCCC for three years and has worked within community college education for 36, will be retiring from her presidency on April 30.

“It’s been a wonderful three years at NCCC,” she said.

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