The formal inauguration of North CountryCommunity College’s sixth president, Dr. Steven J. Tyrell, Takes place today (Friday, April 5th, 2013) at 3:00 p.m. at the Sparks Athletic Complex in Saranac Lake, NY. The public is invited to join the NCCC college community at the investiture ceremony.
The inauguration of Dr. Tyrell follows a long-standing tradition within the State University of New York (SUNY), in which the installation of a new college president is conducted in a formal ceremony during the president’s first year in office. Dr. Nancy Zimpher, SUNY Chancellor, will be at the SaranacLake campus on April 5 to conduct the installation.
Inauguration activities afford the College the opportunity to celebrate its excellence in programs and instruction, as well as its future plans, with faculty, staff, students, community members, municipal leaders and others committed to the success of the College.
NCCC Board of Trustee Chairman, Gerald Blair, stated, “Dr. Tyrell’s experience and vision for our Community College promises to bring us into a new era of quality education, workforce training and regional initiatives for the benefit of all in Franklin and EssexCounties.” Dr. Tyrell noted, “I am thrilled to return home to the region and lead North CountryCommunity College into its next phase. Working with community leaders to advance workforce partnerships extends the impact of NCCC throughout our sponsoring counties. I am honored to have joined a group of highly dedicated professionals who prepare our graduates to excel in the region and beyond.”
North CountryCommunity College has been ranked #1 in New YorkState and #22 nationally by Washington Monthly and is proud to have campuses throughout the region in SaranacLake, Malone and Ticonderoga. Under the leadership of Dr. Tyrell, the College is currently engaged in academic program and student housing expansion initiatives at all three locations. NCCC’s growth is intertwined with the successful growth of the three municipalities and the beautiful Adirondack region. North CountryCommunity College is a place where approaches to applied learning, the promotion of the entrepreneurial spirit, opportunities for civic engagement and the setting in the midst of the natural world serve as the four pillars to providing a unique learning experience.
Prior to his arrival at NCCC, Dr. Tyrell served as Vice President for Student Affairs at Alfred State College, Associate Dean for Student Discipline and Conflict Resolution at MIT, Associate Dean of Student Life at Michigan Tech and held a variety of positions in student activities, residence life and new student orientation at SUNY New Paltz. Dr. Tyrell has a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Technical Communication from Michigan Tech, an MA in Educational Administration and Supervision and a BS in Speech Communication, both from SUNY New Paltz. He is completing his 30th year in higher education and his 20th in the SUNY system. Dr. Tyrell and his wife, Sharon, are native upstate New Yorkers and they have a son, Zachary, and a daughter, Emma.
North CountryCommunity College is sponsored by Essex and Franklin counties as a unit of the State University of New York.
Dr. Steve Tyrell, President of North Country Community College, announced the name of the student receiving the 2013 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. This award is the highest honor bestowed upon a student by the State University of New York.
Kaylan Short is the recipient of this year’s prestigious honor. Kaylan is the daughter Scott and Julie Short of Champlain NY. She completed her A.A.S. degree in Criminal Justice in December 2012.
Kaylan is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society and served as the Secretary for NCCC’s Student Government Association. In addition to her studies, Kaylan was the Captain of the Women’s Cross Country Team and was recognized as NCCC’s Athlete of the Year in 2012 and received the Academic National Junior Colleges Athletic Association’s All American Award.
Dr. Tyrell said, “Kaylan understands the importance of community and civic responsibilities at the College and in the community. The College Community is very pleased to see her succeed.” Kaylan will be honored at an April awards ceremony in Albany.