Candidates Will Interview for Opportunity to Succeed Retiring Dr. William Richards

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – The SUNY Orange Board of Trustees announces that Dr. Edwin Knox, Dr. Matthew Reed and Dr. Kristine Young have accepted the College’s invitation to interview for SUNY Orange’s top leadership post.

The three finalists, who own nearly 60 combined years of higher education administrative and faculty experience, are: Dr. Edwin Knox, most recently the senior vice president/chief academic officer at Essex County College in Newark, N.J.; Dr. Matthew Reed, vice president for academic affairs at Holyoke Community College in Holyoke, Mass.; and Dr. Kristine Young, vice president for academic services at Parkland College in Champaign, Ill.

Knox’s two-day interview is scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 25-26 while Reed will visit the College on Monday and Tuesday, March 2-3. Young will be interviewed on Wednesday and Thursday, March 4-5.

Open forums for community members will be held on the Middletown campus from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 25 (Knox); Monday, March 2 (Reed); and Wednesday, March 4 (Young). These events will be in the Alan and Sandra Gerry Forum in the Rowley Center for Science and Engineering. Open forums on the Newburgh campus will be held from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. in the OCTC Great Room of Kaplan Hall on Thursday, Feb. 26 (Knox); Tuesday, March 3 (Reed); and Thursday, March 5 (Young).

Additional materials related to the three finalists can be found on the College’s Presidential Search website.

Dr. William Richards, the eighth president in SUNY Orange’s nearly 65-year history, will retire this summer following 12 years at the College and 36 years in higher education.

Candidate Profiles

PHOTO: Dr. Edwin KnoxDr. Edwin Knox
Knox’s background and experiences are significantly broad, embracing more than 30 years of leadership in education, business and the military.

As the senior vice president/chief academic officer at Essex County College, Knox had total responsibility for all academic programs, and assumed full responsibility for the institution in the absence of the president. His direct oversight of academic affairs, student affairs, continuing education and community outreach programs, over two campuses in two different cities, was flanked by the responsibility of ensuring the academic success of approximately 28,000 students enrolled in 48 academic and continuing education programs.

Knox previously held the position of dean of engineering, technology and workforce at ECC. Prior to arriving at Essex, Knox held several positions at Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York (CUNY). While at American University in Washington, D.C., Knox was director of contracts and marketing; and prior to that he was coordinator of admission and recruitment for the School of Business at Florida A&M University.

Knox earned his Ph.D. in business management from Morgan State University, along with both a Master of Tourism Administration (MTA) in Sport and Event Management & Marketing and an MBA in business administration from George Washington University. He earned his B.S. in business management from Florida A&M.

PHOTO: Dr. Matthew ReedDr. Matthew Reed
Reed is a lifelong educator with more than a decade of experience in senior leadership positions in community colleges in New Jersey and Massachusetts, as well as a national profile thanks to his blog “Confessions of a Community College Dean” which has run daily on since 2007.

Reed is the vice president for academic affairs at Holyoke Community College in Holyoke, Mass., a role he has held since 2008. At Holyoke, he has focused on improving student success while maintaining high academic standards. He increased diversity among both academic deans and faculty, and on his watch the college has seen steady improvements in course completion rates.

Prior to Holyoke, Reed served for five years as the division dean of liberal arts at the County College of Morris in Randolph, N.J. Reed came to administration from the ranks of faculty. He has taught political science at Rutgers, Kean and DeVry universities, and at the County College of Morris.

He received a B.A., cum laude, in political science from Williams College, and a Ph.D. in political science from Rutgers University.

PHOTO: Dr. Kristine YoungDr. Kristine Young
Young was named interim vice president for academic services at Parkland College in 2007, a title that was made permanent early in 2008.

From that position, Young has served as the Chief Academic Officer and provided leadership for 180 full-time faculty, more than 400 part-time faculty, and 65 staff and administrators in academic services in support of more than 160 degree and certificate programs and several academic support units. She first arrived at Parkland as a full-time chemistry instructor and later was elected department chair of natural sciences at the College. She has also served on the American Association of Community College’s (AACC) Commission for Workforce and Economic Development.

She received a B.S. in chemistry from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa., and continued on to study specific chemistries associated with the microelectronics industry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While working on her graduate degree at UNC, Young recognized her passion for teaching and decided to pursue a career in education upon earning her M.S. in chemistry from UNC.

Young received the Ed.D. in Human Resource Education from the University of Illinois through the Community College Executive Leadership Program.

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Mike Albright
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