SUNY Broome Community College | Binghamton, New York
The Board of Trustees of SUNY Broome Community College invites nominations and applications from experienced and collaborative leaders for the position of President at SUNY Broome Community College. This is an ideal assignment for a visionary, energetic and forceful advocate who embraces access, equity and student success, and advances the innovative pathways to higher education and the community college mission. The College benefits from having an excellent faculty, talented and committed administrators and staff, strong Board leadership, a successful and generous working Foundation, and the loyalty and support of the community and alumni. The next president will propel SUNY Broome beyond the impact of the pandemic, position the college to achieve the next stage of evolution in its history, expand and diversify its reach by taking advantage of the growing acceptance of online instruction while carefully balancing the allure of virtual learning with the needs of the students, the commitment of a rural community college to serve urban and international students, and bring the vision, skills, unity, and integrity needed to guide this high quality college to higher levels of achievement. SUNY Broome is at an important crossroad and is determined to continue to serve as a vital educational and economic driver for the community. It is seeking a thoughtful, visionary leader to lead with enthusiasm.
The President serves as the chief academic and administrative officer, reporting to an appointed Board of Trustees and working within policies set by the State University of New York (SUNY).
Learn about our College’s rich history.
The Role of the President
As the chief executive officer of the College, the president provides the leadership necessary to promote innovation, unity, dedication to service, and energetic commitment to the mission of the College. The president provides visionary educational leadership, directs the overall operation and general administration pursuant to policies and procedures established by the Board of Trustees, and carries out all responsibilities within the framework of collective bargaining agreements.
The Role of the Board of Trustees
The president is the chief executive officer of the College and reports to a ten-member board. The Board of Trustees consists of nine members appointed for terms of seven years in annual rotation, and one member who is elected from among the students for a one-year term. Five of the trustees are appointed by the County Executive of Broome County, subject to confirmation by the County Legislature, and four are appointed by the governor. All of the trustees reside in Broome County and are actively involved and recognized as leaders within the community.
An earned doctorate, college-level teaching experience in a community college is preferred, a commitment to high quality standards, and a successful record of a minimum of 10 years of achievements and leadership in a higher education setting, including:
- A minimum of five years of successful campus executive administrative experience at a level with significant decision-making responsibilities affecting an entire college or as the head of a major academic or administrative unit in an academic environment;
- A distinguished record of extensive senior level administrative and leadership experience including building strong partnerships with business, industry, and governmental agencies;
- Significant experience managing finances and providing budgetary oversight.
- An inspiring, visionary, and accessible leader who can build on the College’s successes, strong traditions of serving the community, and fostering and exploring new partnerships with colleges and universities;
- Demonstrate capacity to galvanize support and set a course for growth, change management while promoting a culture of innovation, transparency, unity, and collaboration;
- An honest, trustworthy, open and fair-minded individual who is willing to listen, is collaborative and decisive;.
Reporting to the Board of Trustees, the President will be expected to:
- Increase enrollment, retention, and completion, high academic standards, and promote commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion to sustain a diverse campus community;
- Foster a heightened commitment from constituents to work together to collaboratively address the future needs of the College and the community;
- Continue the advancement of state-of-the-art technology to effectively deliver programs and services through a variety of modalities, and increase local, regional, and global outreach;
- Continue to generate new sources of enrollment and revenue in a time of decreasing traditional resources through creative collaborations and partnerships, including strengthening the partnership with Binghamton University and expanding the Binghamton Advantage Program (BAP);
- Strengthen partnerships with all constituency groups, the bargaining units, and Broome County.
- An understanding of and commitment to enhancing student success through focused efforts on retention, persistence, and completion;
- A successful track record of expanding enrollment using innovative approaches and attracting new populations to the college;
- An understanding of and commitment to the principles of academic freedom, tenure, and shared governance, with the ability to embrace and effect change while cultivating trust, respect, and promoting a culture of humility;
- A commitment to attracting traditional and non-traditional students into transfer programs, as well as workforce programs (AAS/certificates/diplomas) and promoting approaches to enhance their opportunities for success;
- A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and social justice as core values that enhance the educational process;
- A demonstrated strength in human relations, interpersonal communications, planning, financial management, budgeting, and organizational skills to lead and inspire internal and external constituencies of the College;
- A demonstrated background of and commitment to fundraising;
- An understanding of regional workforce education and training needs and how to strategically position the College in a highly competitive post-secondary education marketplace;
- A leader with strong interpersonal communication and organizational skills who can work collaborative with a strong leadership team;
- A politically astute leader who can cultivate strong relations with key offices and agencies, and proactively advocate on behalf of the College at the state and local level.
About SUNY Broome
SUNY Broome attracts bright, ambitious individuals of every age who are seeking intellectual enrichment and a supportive environment to start their college careers. The community of Broome County regards the College with great pride due to its history, exceptional faculty and staff, rich campus life, and dedication to excellence, equity, diversity, and innovation. The College has a distinguished record of serving a diverse student population of rural and urban students. The demographic profile of the student body includes Black/African American 11.6%, Latinos/Hispanic 8.8%, White 62.9% and multi-racial 5.4%.
A dynamic presence in the State University of New York (SUNY) system, SUNY Broome’s history has established the College as a preeminent community college that has strong ties with (SUNY) Binghamton University. SUNY Broome traces its roots back to the end of World War II. In 1946, the Department of Education agreed to establish five applied arts and sciences institutions across New York as a post-World War II, state-funded experiment in higher education. Since then, over 52,000 graduates proudly call the New York State Institute of Applied Arts & Sciences at Binghamton (1946), Broome County Technical Institute (1953), Broome Technical Community College (1956), Broome Community College (1971), and SUNY Broome Community College their alma mater and have used their education in business, professional studies, healthcare, STEM, and liberal arts to enter professional roles across the state, country, and the world. SUNY Broome is an open access, learning-centered institution founded to elevate the region’s educational attainment, thereby enhancing the quality of life in the region. It offers transfer programs, career technical certificates and degrees, learning support courses, continuing education and public service programs. It has numerous accredited programs and articulation agreements with public and private universities. SUNY Broome serves as Binghamton University’s primary transfer feeder school. SUNY Broome transfer students consistently excel academically, with statistically impressive success rates across all academic disciplines.
Nestled in the historic Susquehanna River Valley, the College is located one hour from Syracuse and just over 3 hours from New York City. The campus is composed of 15 buildings, athletic fields, and a vista of rolling hills and natural beauty.
SUNY Broome Community College has been accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) since 1960. The last reaffirmation of accreditation was June 24, 2021, after completion of the Self-Study process. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2028-2029. The next Mid-Point Peer Review is 2025.
SUNY Broome supports all members of the learning community by creating access to inclusive and diverse educational experiences. Success is achieved through the provision of innovative academics, transformative student support, and meaningful civic and community engagement.
We realize our mission by fostering an environment that exemplifies the College’s institutional goals for the highest quality.
Why lead SUNY Broome
SUNY Broome’s academic divisions:
- Business and Professional Studies
- Health Sciences
- Liberal Arts
- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
SUNY Broome offers the following degrees to transfer to four-year institutions:
- Associate of Arts (A.A.)
- Associate of Science (A.S.)
SUNY Broome offers degrees and certificate programs that respond to emerging career opportunities in health care and technologies and provide workforce education.
- Associate of Applied Science, (A.A.S)
- Associate in Occupational Studies (A.O.S.)
Faculty and Staff
Areas of Expertise and Centers of Excellence
The mission of Student Services is to provide and support the development and coordination of programs (both academic and non-academic), services and activities designed to ensure student success. SUNY Broome fosters a supportive environment of programs and services including advisement, tutoring, mentoring, counseling, and special programs for international students, veterans, and students requiring special access because of special needs or disabilities.
The Student Village at SUNY Broome – The Student Village at SUNY Broome provides an opportunity for students to live on campus and have a full residential experience. Students living on campus are just a few steps away from classes, the library, and academic resources, as well as being in close proximity to the main cafe, bookstore, clubs and activities, sporting events, and much more. The Student Village offers a diverse residential population access to a specialized programming space, a fitness space, and study spaces within the building. Within walking distance, student residents have access to local eateries, entertainment, parks, and stores.
Community College Foundation
Shared governance is a process of consultation and communication by which decisions and policies are developed to meet the mission of an institution. Faculty, staff, students, administration, and the Board of Trustees of SUNY Broome Community College are committed to shared governance – a dynamic, open, and cooperative process which seeks input and recommendations from all campus constituencies to inform decision-making that will help the College best achieve its mission and goals.
Such a participatory structure and process will assist the campus community to communicate and collaborate in a respectful, honest, and productive manner regarding decisions that are for the good of the College as a whole in terms of establishing its course and direction.
About The State University of New York
Challenges & Opportunities
The challenge is to continue to move the mission forward to educate and graduate students. develop, retain, and support faculty and staff, reaffirm the commitment to high quality, and propel SUNY Broome to new heights.
This must be done while engaging all internal and external stakeholders in a quest to leverage the educational improvements, expansion, diversification, and innovation required to be successful in an increasingly competitive and complex higher education environment.
How to Apply
Narcisa Polonio with Greenwood Asher & Associates® is assisting SUNY Broome in this search. The presidential selection process is governed by SUNY and overseen by the Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor for Community Colleges. All of the deliberations of the committee and the Board are conducted with full confidentiality. The first-round candidate interviews are targeted for March and April 2023.
Applications and nominations are now being accepted. Inquiries, nominations, and application materials should be directed to Narcisa Polonio with Greenwood Asher & Associates. Application materials should include:
- A letter of interest that clearly states the applicant’s qualifications for the position.
- A current résumé/curriculum vitae.
- The name, relationship, and email address of eight professional references. References will not be contacted without prior permission.
We strongly encourage submitting application materials as PDF attachments.
The search will be conducted with a commitment of confidentiality for candidates until finalists are selected. Initial screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is made.
Please direct inquiries, nominations, and application materials to:
Dr. Narcisa Polonio
+1 (202) 276-1983