Albany -- The State University of New York Board of Trustees
today approved the appointment of Dr. Daniel P. Larson as the President of
Cayuga County Community College, effective Oct. 26, 2007.
Dr. Larson has been serving in this capacity since Aug. 1, 2007.
“Dr. Larson brings a wealth
of knowledge and experience to this position, having served Mohawk Valley Community College
for four years and, prior to that, gaining community college experience in Missouri,”
said Interim SUNY Chancellor Dr. John B. Clark. “I am confident that Dr. Larson
will continue to serve the students, faculty and staff at Cayuga County Community College
with great success and I commend the Board of Trustees for confirming his
“Dr. Larson’s capacity for
strong leadership is evident in his past experience both within the SUNY
community college system and at St.
Charles Community College in St. Peters, Missouri,”
said SUNY Board of Trustees Chairman Carl T. Hayden. “I am pleased to be a part
of this confirmation and look forward to working with Dr. Larson.”
Dr. Larson said, "I
deeply appreciate the SUNY Board's confirmation of my appointment as Cayuga Community College
president. This is a vote of confidence for a selection process that involved
all of the Cayuga community. As we address the challenges and opportunities of
the next many years, I am committed to continuing to engage the entire College
as a dynamic and collegial community."
Since April 2003, Dr. Larson
had served as vice president for Instruction at Mohawk Valley Community College,
and Rome, N.Y. As chief academic officer, he provided executive
leadership for all academic programs, developed new instructional programs and
partnerships based on regional needs and provided leadership for outcomes
assessment and institutional effectiveness activities.
As Steering Committee co-chair
and editor, Dr. Larson designed and implemented the Middle States self-study
project and reinvigorated outcomes assessment with faculty engagement in anticipation
of this very study. He strengthened grant funding through renewed engagement
with faculty and staff, resulting in new grant proposals and awards totaling
more than $5 million during 2005-06. In addition, Dr. Larson re-established a
collaborative relationship with Student Services, revised the faculty
evaluation process, and supported the expansion of high school
From 1999 to 2003, Larson
served as vice president for academic affairs at St. Charles Community College,
St. Peters, Mo. He designed and completed the successful North
Central self-study and site visit in March 2002, with the first 10-year
accreditation renewal in the 15-year history of the college. He redefined
student learning assessment with a clearer delineation of structure, personnel,
activity, and outcomes – noted as a primary strength in the March 2002 North
Central team report after being a primary weakness in the 1996 report. Larson
completed a $13.75 million Phase 3 campus construction project and began
planning for the $30 million Phase 4 construction of five new campus buildings
to accommodate the expanding student population. In addition, Larson led the
revision of general education to align with the new 42-hour statewide block
transferable to all Missouri public and independent signatory institutions.
Prior to his work at St. Charles Community College,
Larson served as Dean of Arts & Sciences at Lake Michigan College (Benton Harbor,
and Founding Chair of the Humanities Department and Executive Director of Goppert
Theatre at Avila College (Kansas City, Mo.).
Larson holds a doctorate of musical
arts in voice performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He
earned a master of music in voice performance and literature and a bachelor of music
in applied music-voice from the University of Rochester. Dr. Larson is also a 1970 graduate of SUNY
The Board of Trustees of
Cayuga County Community College appointed Larson as Administrator-in-Charge,
effective Aug. 1, 2007. On July 10,
2007, the Cayuga County Community
College Board of Trustees adopted a resolution appointing Larson to the post,
following a national search and interviews at the campus level and with SUNY
System Administration senior staff and pending approval from the SUNY Board of
Located in the heart of the Finger Lakes
region of Central New York, Cayuga Community
College is a comprehensive community
college and a fully accredited unit of the State University of New York.
It has a full- and part-time student body of 3,896 and a faculty of 217 at its
two campuses in Auburn and Fulton.
The State University of New
York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States,
educating more than 417,500 students in 7,669 degree and certificate programs
on 64 campuses.