SUNY Board of Trustees Appoints Presidents of Corning Community College and Nassau Community College, and Approves Staff Appointment at System Administration

March 20, 2019

Albany – The State University of New York Board of Trustees today appointed Dr. William P. Mullaney as president of Corning Community College, Dr. Jermaine Williams as president of Nassau Community College, and Terrance Pratt as Secretary of the University.

About Dr. William P. Mullaney

Dr. Mullaney currently serves as the vice president of academic affairs at Bergen Community College, a role he has held since 2013. In this role, he advanced many critical initiatives for the college, helping to secure the receipt of more than $10 million in major grant funding; full accreditation from Middle States with 48 commendations for exemplary practices; and multiple other national and regional awards.

Prior to this position, Dr. Mullaney was assistant to the executive vice chancellor at The Maricopa Community Colleges District Office in Tempe, AZ. He also held a variety of roles at Chandler-Gilbert Community College including dean of arts and sciences, chair of the language and humanities division, and a residential faculty and adjunct instructor in English. Dr. Mullaney was also an adjunct instructor in English at Glendale Community College.

Dr. Mullaney holds a doctorate in English from Tulane University; a master’s in literature from the University of California, San Diego; and a bachelor’s from the University of Virginia. His appointment is effective July 1, 2019.

About Dr. Jermaine Williams

Dr. Williams has served as vice president for student affairs at North Shore Community College for the last four years. In this role, he led the reconstitution of academic advising at the college, created policies in conjunction with other partners, and initiatives to address food and housing insecurity, among other responsibilities.

Before joining North Shore Community College, Dr. Williams held roles of increasing responsibility at Northeastern Illinois University including, assistant dean of academic development; assistant vice president for access, transition, and success; and vice president for student affairs (acting). He has also worked as a director of student initiatives at the Community College of Philadelphia; coordinator of first-year student programs and academic advisor at Temple University; and assistant to the director of the university freshman center and assistant coordinator of self-pace program at St. John’s University.

Dr. Williams holds a doctorate and master’s in education from Temple University, a master’s in sociology from St. John’s University, a bachelor’s from Lafayette College, as well as a certificate from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education’s management development program. His appointment is effective July 1, 2019.

About Terrance Pratt

Prior to joining SUNY, Terrance Pratt was assistant counsel to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. He held this position for three years, focusing on issues related to elementary and secondary education, higher education, and the professions. Previously, he served as assistant director for government relations for the New York State Council of School Superintendents.

He has also worked as an associate attorney at Malkin & Ross, providing legal services to a diverse client group on a wide range of policy issues, and as counsel to former New York State Assemblyman Pete Grannis and the Assembly Insurance Committee.

Pratt holds a juris doctor degree from Albany Law School and a bachelor’s degree from Monmouth University. His appointment is effective immediately.

About the State University of New York
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