This News Brief Appeared in the Friday, March 13 edition of the Times Herald-Record and was Written by Reporter Richard Bayne; Additional Content Below Provided by the College

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – The SUNY Orange board of trustees Wednesday unanimously approved its choice to become the college’s next president, but the name won’t be released until May.

That’s because the board’s choice must be approved by New York state’s SUNY board of trustees, and that board won’t meet until the first week in May.

The three finalists were: Dr. Edwin Knox, most recently the senior vice president and 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.

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“The Trustees were in full agreement regarding who we wanted to lead SUNY Orange into the future,” said Board Chair Helen Ullrich. “We were very focused in our mission to select the right candidate, and we confidently await SUNY’s affirmation of our choice.

“I want to thank my fellow Trustees and the members of the Presidential Search Committee for their remarkable work, and in particular, Trustee Joan Wolfe for providing clear and focused direction to the committee in her role as search committee chair,” Ullrich added. “That group devoted untold hours to this important search, and the members shared the Board’s commitment to conducting a thorough and exhaustive selection process.”

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.

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