Albany – The State University
of New York Board of Trustees today approved the appointment of Margaret M.
O’Connell as interim president of Onondaga Community College, as previously
approved by the OCC Board of Trustees.
O’Connell is executive director
of the Allyn Foundation and current chair of the OCC Board. Her appointment is
contingent upon her resignation from the OCC Board, effective on or about July
1, 2012. The appointment is effective for a 12-month period, or until a
permanent president is appointed, whichever occurs
“As a member of the campus’
Board of Trustees for the last seven years and its chairperson for the last
two, Meg O’Connell possesses great knowledge of and familiarity with Onondaga
Community College,” said Board Chairman H. Carl McCall. “This will serve her
well as she takes on a presidential role in the interim and we are pleased to
have her at the helm.”
“Meg has provided excellent
leadership and guidance as a member, and as chair, of the Onondaga Community
College Board of Trustees,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “I am
confident that she will continue to serve students, faculty, and staff at the
campus with the highest distinction as interim president.”
Community College is one of the premiere community colleges in the nation, and
it is well-known throughout our community and beyond as a provider of
top-quality academic programs and services,” said O’Connell. “I am honored to
accept this appointment by the SUNY Board of Trustees and look forward to
working in collaboration with SUNY, the campus community, regional leaders, and
the Board during this interim period.”
O’Connell will succeed
current president, Debbie L. Sydow, Ph.D., who has been appointed the new
president of Richard Bland College in Petersburg, VA, effective July 1, 2012.
Chairman McCall and Chancellor Zimpher thanked President Sydow for her remarkable
accomplishments during her 12 years of service as president of OCC.
About Margaret M.
O’Connell has been a member
of the Onondaga Community College Board of Trustees since 2005 and its chair
for nearly two years. O’Connell has more than 15 years of executive-level
administrative experience as the Executive Director of the Allyn Foundation, a
highly respected nonprofit with assets of $28 million. O’Connell’s office
resides within the family-owned company, Welch-Allyn, one of Central New York’s
top employers and an internationally recognized manufacturer of medical
diagnostic equipment headquartered in Skaneateles Falls, New York.
About the State University
of New York
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programs on 64 campuses with nearly 3 million alumni around the globe. To
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