College Will Provide Orientation, Training to Community College Trustees from Throughout SUNY system

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – A proposed program by SUNY Orange to offer professional development, orientation and training to the 270 trustees from the 30 community colleges within the State University of New York has earned the College an exclusive trustee training grant from the Association of Community College Trustees.

The $10,000 ACCT Trust Fund Grant, given to just one community college or technical college nationally each year, will fund a series of five live webinars over the next 15 months under the theme of “Trustee Success Track.” The goal of the program, to be offered in cooperation with the New York Community College Trustees (NYCCT), is to help new and veteran SUNY community college trustees govern more effectively by providing clear and accessible information about their core responsibilities.

The interactive online trainings will be delivered, starting this May, in real-time and will be archived for later reference by current and future trustees throughout the SUNY system. Topics will include trustee roles and responsibilities, in-depth college financial management, driving organizational change, the board-president relationship, and an overview of current issues affecting community colleges.

The College will host the webinars from its Middletown campus using Elluminate, a proven web conferencing system that allows a live trainer to narrate an online PowerPoint presentation. Trustees will access the sessions from anywhere via an internet connection with audio capability. Participating trustees will be able to ask questions through a moderated chat feature.

The statewide program is a spinoff of the orientations that new SUNY Orange trustees have been receiving for the past four years. The sessions, the brainchild of College President Dr. William Richards and former Board chair Joan Wolfe, have been so successful in acclimating new trustees to the College that veteran trustees have often used the sessions as a refresher course to improve their understanding of the operations of SUNY Orange and the leadership role of the trustee.

SUNY Orange’s training team will include Wolfe; Richards; Dr. Arthur C. Anthonisen, chair of the Board of Trustees and a former chair of the ACCT Board; Paul Broadie II, vice president for student services; Roslyn Smith, vice president for administration and finance; Rosana Reyes-Rosello, associate vice president for the Newburgh campus; and Russell Hammond, associate vice president for resource development. Maureen Larsen, coordinator of instructional technology at SUNY Orange, will coordinate the program.

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Mike Albright
Communications Officer
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Middletown, NY 10940