PRESIDENT ANNOUNCES ADMINISTRATIVE LEADERSHIP CHANGES

9/14/2009

Roz Smith is New Vice President for Administration; Mindy Ross now Vice President for Newburgh Campus

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – In conjunction with the opening of the 2009 academic year, SUNY Orange President Dr. William Richards recently announced the promotion of four employees to elevated leadership positions within his administrative team.

PHOTO: Roz SmithRoz Smith (right), who has been the College’s comptroller for the past 27 years, is the new vice president for administration, replacing the retired Dan Bloomer. Jo Ann Hamburg, longtime assistant comptroller, has been promoted to replace Smith as comptroller. Mindy Ross, who has served as the College’s associate vice president for the Newburgh campus, has been named as vice president of the Newburgh campus. And, Rosana Reyes-Rosello moves from director of educational partnerships to associate vice president of the Newburgh campus.

“We are very fortunate to have Roz, Mindy, Jo Ann and Rosana on staff at the College. They are each consummate professionals who have prepared themselves for higher levels of responsibility and authority,” Richards said. “It is rare, though, that an organization is so fortunate as to have four such dedicated individuals who are all ready at the same time. I am confident that we will experience a smooth transition given the depth of experience each of these four has demonstrated.”

PHOTO: Mindy RossSmith has been employed at SUNY Orange for 30 years, having joined the staff as assistant comptroller in 1979. She was promoted to comptroller, charged with managing the College budget and business staff personnel, in 1982. In her new role, she will oversee the College’s administration division, which includes the business office, human resources, technology services, facilities, maintenance and institutional research.

A resident of Middletown, Smith earned her MBA from Marist College. She has been a board member of the Middletown Community Health Center for many years and has been active in many areas of the College community.

Ross (left) began her tenure at SUNY Orange as a professor of English in 1982. During her tenure, she spent three years coordinating the College’s developmental education program, served as president of College governance (1995-2001), and was special assistant to Richards during SUNY Orange’s Middle States Accreditation process in 2004-05. She was appointed associate vice president for the Newburgh Extension Center in 2005 and successfully shepherded the College’s application for branch campus status for Newburgh through the SUNY and State Education Department systems, resulting in a branch campus status award in September 2008.

A resident of New Paltz, Ross earned her bachelor’s degree in English from St. Lawrence University, her master’s in teaching from Colgate University and a master’s in sociology from SUNY New Paltz. She was awarded the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 1991.

PHOTO: Jo Ann HamburgShe will continue to direct all aspects of the College’s expanding operations in Newburgh as SUNY Orange prepares for the planned completion of Kaplan Hall in late 2010, as well as projected renovations to the Tower Building and the offering of additional full-degree academic programs in the future. When completed, Kaplan Hall will allow the College to double its enrollment in Newburgh.

Like Ross, Hamburg (right) joined the SUNY Orange family in 1982, serving as a clerk in the business office. She rose through the ranks and was ultimately named assistant comptroller in 2001, retaining that position until this Fall. The Middletown resident earned her associate’s degree in accounting from SUNY Orange in 1987 before acquiring a bachelor’s degree in accounting (1991) and a master’s degree in educational administration (2000) from SUNY New Paltz.

She, too, has been active in many areas within the College community, having served as an executive committee representative to the College governance system for eight years. She was treasurer of the Staff and Chairman’s Association for 22 years, from 1987 though 2009. She also helped convert the College’s accounts receivable and student billing systems to the Banner computer system, a suite of software applications that allow for online data management and access to information.

PHOTO: Rosana Reyes-RoselloEmbarking upon her fourth year at SUNY Orange, Reyes-Rosello (left) spent her first three years overseeing the College’s community. The College’s Office of Educational Partnerships coordinates the Community College in the High School program as well as the Center for Youth Development, which includes the Liberty Partnership Program and the 21st Century Grants. Reyes-Rosello, a resident of Newburgh, also directed the College’s three satellite locations at Monroe-Woodbury, Port Jervis and Warwick Valley high schools.

Additionally, she launched collaborative partnerships between high school teachers and SUNY Orange faculty members aimed at unifying curricula and academic expectations of high school and collegiate instructors. She centralized the College’s efforts toward improving its existing transfer articulation agreements with four-year colleges and universities, including the completion of a comprehensive agreement between SUNY Orange and Mount Saint Mary College that was signed by the schools’ presidents in July 2008.

Reyes-Rosello has served as the College's representative for the Mid-Hudson Association of Women in Higher Education since 2000, has been a member of the Orange-Ulster BOCES Career and Technical Education Advisory Board since 2007, and has served on the Hudson Valley Tech Prep Consortium Advisory Board since 2008. She earned a bachelor’s degree in forensic psychology and a masters in public administration with a concentration in fiscal analysis and oversight from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She is a graduate of Leadership Orange class of 2009.

All four have already begun serving in their new capacities.

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