SUNY ORANGE TO INAUGURATE DR. KRISTINE M. YOUNG ON APRIL 29

4/22/2016

Will be Formally Installed as College’s Eighth President

PHOTO: Dr. Kristine M. YoungMIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- Dr. Kristine M. Young, who began her tenure as SUNY Orange president on June 8, 2015, will be formally installed as the College’s eighth president during an Inauguration Ceremony planned for 3 p.m., Friday, April 29 in the Edward A. Diana Physical Education Center on the College’s Middletown campus.

Dr. Tom Ramage (below), president of Parkland College where Young was employed for 17 years prior to arriving at SUNY Orange, will deliver the keynote address. Johanna Duncan-Poitier, the State University of New York’s senior vice chancellor for community colleges, will conduct the official investiture ceremony installing Young as president. Helen Ullrich, chair of the SUNY Orange Board of Trustees, will preside over the ceremony.

Additional remarks will be offered by Steve Neuhaus, Orange County Executive; Terry Saturno, chair of the SUNY Orange Foundation Board of Directors; Kathy Malia, president of the Faculty Association; Frank Traeger, president of the Staff and Chairman’s Association; Michelle Tubbs, president of the College’s Shared Governance system; Irina Negru, president of the Middletown Campus Student Senate; and Jo Ann Hamburg, Class of 1987, vice president for administration and finance.

Additionally, college presidents, representing educational institutions from throughout the Northeast, and presidential delegates for those invited college presidents unable to attend will participate in the inaugural procession. Musical performances by the SUNY Orange Madrigal Singers will accentuate the ceremony.

“As this very special event nears, I am both excited and humbled,” Young said. “I am extremely privileged to serve as president of a wonderful institution comprised of talented students, dedicated faculty and energetic staff. I look forward to sharing this day with my family and friends, but as importantly, this is a day I share with the entire College community and our many friends and supporters throughout Orange County.

PHOTO: Tom Ramage“I am touched and thankful that Tom Ramage has agreed to deliver the keynote address,” Young added. “Tom and I were hired within a month of each other at Parkland College and we worked closely together for many of my 17 years there. Having my former boss, mentor and friend speak at this most memorable event makes it all the more special.”

“Dr. Young’s focus on academic excellence, innovation, and student success makes her ideally suited as president of SUNY Orange and a great asset to the community, students, faculty, and staff the campus serves,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “I am proud to officially welcome her to the SUNY family on behalf of the entire university system.”

On the occasion of her inauguration, Young can reflect upon a productive initial year that has included her successful advocacy for enhanced student support, the initiation of an aggressive overhaul of the College’s lagging information technology infrastructure, the integration of a handful of significant SUNY initiatives, and the completion of several stellar program accreditation reviews.

Additionally, she has navigated the College through challenging budgetary constraints in the face of limited increases in support from New York State and has challenged her administrative team to seek creative ways to stem current declines in student enrollment.

The inauguration ceremony is open to the general public.

The inauguration celebration kicks off at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 28 with a “History of Orange County Community College” panel presentation in the Orange County Trust Company Great Room of Kaplan Hall on the College’s Newburgh campus. The panel will feature Jack McMahon, a 1953 graduate of the College who was also an administrator and served on the Board of Trustees; Dr. John Cummins, longtime professor and chair of the Science and Engineering Department; Mindy Ross, former English faculty member who retired in 2013 as vice president in charge of the Newburgh campus; and Tom Goetz, who spent more than three decades directing the Student Activities operations. The panel event is free and open to the general public as well.

FULL PROFILE OF DR. KRISTINE M. YOUNG

Nearing her first anniversary as president of SUNY Orange, Dr. Kristine Young can reflect upon a productive initial year that has included her successful advocacy for enhanced student support, the initiation of an aggressive overhaul of the College’s lagging information technology infrastructure, the integration of a handful of significant SUNY initiatives, and the completion of several stellar program accreditation reviews.

Additionally, she has navigated the College through challenging budgetary constraints in the face of limited increases in support from New York State and has challenged her administrative team to seek creative ways to stem current declines in student enrollment.

Since Young’s arrival, the College has accepted a $1.1 million TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) grant, awarded by the United States Department of Education, to help increase the persistence, retention, graduation and transfer rates of low-income first generation students and students with disabilities. Additionally, a State University of New York grant secured this past February will allow the College to develop an Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) that will provide access, academic support and financial aid counseling to low-income and academically underprepared students.

Additional grant awards are helping the College increase peer-mentoring opportunities for students returning to the College after having been separated for academic reasons, and a new part-time veterans coordinator has expanded the College’s burgeoning array of services for veterans.

Young’s pledge to provide students with the necessary resources to succeed academically also includes an expansive upgrade to the IT system. SUNY Orange has partnered with the SUNY Information Technology Exchange Center (ITEC) for technological support and consultation, and is in the process of implementing suggestions from a thorough IT audit. Major projects include an overhaul of the College network to allow for more reliable connectivity, installation of a new firewall to increase data security, and expanding wireless access.

The past 18 months has also seen SUNY challenge its universities and community colleges to unite on initiatives designed to broaden student success system-wide, and Young has embraced that call. SUNY Orange has adjusted many of its academic programs’ course sequences in support of SUNY Seamless Transfer, a program to assure students a smoother transfer between SUNY schools and swifter completion of their degree.

In the first year of the College’s revised Strategic Plan 2015-2020, Young has also spearheaded SUNY Orange’s efforts to embrace SUNY Excels, a series of data-driven performance metrics aimed at improving SUNY’s system-wide outcomes related to access, completion, success, inquiry and engagement. With the SUNY Excels focus areas dovetailing nicely with the College’s new strategic priorities, Young rallied the College community to quickly develop tactical solutions to address lagging completion rates; adapt to rapidly changing student demographics; better serve Orange County with workforce-inspired programs; and make the actuality of anytime-anywhere college more available to students.

Leading a college that has long been recognized for its rigorous curriculum, Young encourages her faculty members and academic administrative team to continually seek creative ways to innovate while at the same time maintaining excellence in the classroom. SUNY Orange received further confirmation of its academic strength this past year as the business, laboratory technology, nursing and dental hygiene programs each were re-accredited. The business and laboratory technology programs received the highest possible ratings from their respective accrediting bodies.

Stemming the tide of dwindling enrollment has been another primary focus for Young in her first year. She has supported enhanced marketing efforts to bring more students to the College’s summer sessions, and she called for creative scheduling solutions that will appeal to students across all demographics. A new layout of course offerings on the Newburgh campus was recently unveiled for the Fall 2016 semester.

One of SUNY Orange’s new strategic priorities calls for expanded access. The College has developed a BRIDGES program to offer a post-secondary educational experience for students with intellectual, developmental, and autism spectrum disabilities within the Hudson Valley. This inclusive, community-based educational framework is yet another example of the College’s attempt to bring academics to heretofore underserved populations.

Young began her presidency at SUNY Orange on June 8, 2015, following a 17-year tenure at Parkland College in Champaign, Ill. She first arrived at Parkland as a chemistry instructor in 1998 and steadily rose through the faculty and administrative ranks.

As vice president for academic services at Parkland, a role she accepted on an interim basis in 2007 before being named to the post permanently in February 2008, Young provided leadership for 180 full-time faculty members, 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. Parkland serves approximately 8,500 credit students per semester.

Although Young spent nearly two decades at Parkland, she is no stranger to the northeast, having been born in nearby Scranton, Pa., and raised in Moscow, Pa. She earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa., in 1996 and her master’s degree in chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1998. Through the Community College Executive Leadership Program, Young completed her doctorate in education from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2007.

Young and her wife, Cari, who was most recently a research data analyst at the Office of Community College Research and Leadership at the University of Illinois, reside in Goshen.



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