City – The SUNY Board
of Trustees today approved the appointment of George Gatta, Jr. as Interim
President of Suffolk County Community
College, at an annual
salary of $200,000, effective February 20, 2009,
until a new president takes office, as approved by the Board of Trustees of
County Community College Board of Trustees determined that the best qualified
individual to serve as Interim President was Mr. George Gatta, Jr., the
College’s Executive Vice President, and voted to appoint him to the post at its
January 15 meeting.
Board Chairman Carl T. Hayden said, “It is my pleasure to support the
appointment of George Gatta, Jr. to this position. I am confident that his
experience at the college and with the faculty staff and students, Mr. Gatta
will be a very good stand-in while the search for a permanent president
Officer-In-Charge John J. O’Connor said, “I congratulate Mr.
Gatta on this much deserved appointment. I would also like
to salute Dr. Shirley Pippins for her many years of service and dedication
as Suffolk’s president. She will be missed by
her colleagues on campus and across the State University.”
honored by my appointment to serve as the interim president of Suffolk County Community
College and I
appreciate the confidence in my leadership that is being expressed by the SUNY
Board of Trustees and Vice Chancellor O’Connor,” said Gatta. “Suffolk County Community
College is a strong
institution thanks to the outstanding effort of the faculty and staff. I
look forward to working with our campus and community constituencies to advance
the mission of the College and manage the institution for the benefit of our
George Gatta, Jr.
with a degree in business, Mr. Gatta has served as Executive Vice President of Suffolk County Community
College since 2007.
In this capacity, he oversees the day-to-day operations of the college. He
develops and administers plans and budgets, oversees the College’s legal
affairs, secured $1.7 million in federal grant funding for the expansion of the
Advanced Manufacturing training program, coordinated the development of the new
Culinary Arts Center and secured funding to equip and support it, provided
leadership to the Banner computer conversion, and supported the development of
the SCCC Leadership Institute.
to 2007, Mr. Gatta served as Vice President for Workforce and Economic Development/Government
Affairs Officer at Suffolk Community College. He led the Advanced Manufacturing initiative,
securing $2.4 million from the U.S. Department of Labor to fund a regional
industry and education training consortium, led the Downtown Center initiative,
secured $5.2 million in funding to support a program with seven regional
hospitals to expand the College’s nursing program, structured a public-private
partnership to develop a new culinary Arts and Hospitality Center facility in
Riverhead, and secured $3 million from the NYS Assembly to fund small capital
improvement projects on campus.
joining Suffolk County Community College, Mr. Gatta had a long and distinguished
career in the field of economic development, where he served as Suffolk
County’s Deputy County Executive for Economic Development and Planning (1992 to
2003), Town of Islip Executive Director of the Community Development Agency
(1990 to 1992) and Town of Islip Executive Director of the Economic Development
division (1984 to 1990).
many accomplishments are the development and financing of Suffolk County’s
Ballpark, the development of the Touro School of Health Sciences facility,
securing funding for development of the Federal Courthouse, implementation of
regional tourism marketing, working with other agencies to create a Long Island
regional economic development strategy, planning a Long Island economic summit,
negotiating for the preservation of the Pine Barrens area of Suffolk County,
developing a tax abatement program for local industries, and led a $20 million
effort to develop affordable housing in Suffolk County.
Jr. has made numerous presentations on community college workforce development
and community and economic development before various audiences. He has
received numerous awards, the most recent being the 2007 Vision Long Island
Smart Growth Award. He has been an active member of the community, currently
serving on the Advisory Board of the Calverton Business Incubator/SUNY Stony
Brook and on the Board of Advisors of the Community Development Corporation of Long Island.
About Suffolk Community College
Suffolk Community College is
the largest community college in the SUNY System, enrolling 22,000 students at
its three campuses in Selden, Brentwood and Riverhead.
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