SUNY Board of Trustees Appoints Dr. Peter Grant Jordan as President of Dutchess Community College

June 23, 2021

Albany, NY – State University of New York Board of Trustees today appointed Dr. Peter Grant Jordan as president of Dutchess Community College. The appointment was announced by the SUNY Board of Trustees and SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras, and is effective on August 2, 2021.

SUNY Board Trustee Bob Duffy said, "The Dutchess Community College Board of Trustees has brought forth a stellar candidate with a vision for the future growth of the campus that will benefit the students and the entire Hudson Valley region. We are lucky to have in Dr. Jordan a strong advocate for students and a visionary with experience in creating the support services and resources they need to excel academically and grow into future leaders. On behalf of the entire Board, my congratulations to Dr. Jordan and the Dutchess Community College community."

"Dr. Jordan joins SUNY’s Dutchess Community College at an exciting time as the campus prepares to welcome thousands of students to its two locations and provide them a high-quality education from many newly renovated, state-of-the art facilities," said Chancellor Malatras. "His life’s work has centered on community colleges, ensuring students from diverse backgrounds and experiences have access to a good education, while both keeping in mind potential barriers to their success and helping them overcome those barriers. We look forward to the work together ahead. And, our thanks to Acting President Ellen Gambino for her leadership during this past very untraditional year."

Michael Dupree, Board Chair, Dutchess Community College, said, "As Dutchess Community College enters the brave new world of post-pandemic educational instruction, it will be critical to have a leader who will listen to all our key campus constituencies and build a vision of what that will look like. Then, to also create it. Dr. Jordan has been at the forefront of anticipating such changes in his last role; we are fortunate to have his experience at this challenging but potentially transformative juncture."

President Jordan said, "I am honored and humbled by this appointment. Dutchess Community College’s impact on the region is widely celebrated. I am eager to collaborate with college trustees, campus, SUNY, and regional stakeholders to develop a shared vision and strategic plans to guide the College’s promising future. With DCC’s committed faculty, staff, and leadership, I look forward to our building on current academic innovation to advance equity, foster an even more robust and ‘student-ready’ experience, and address the educational, civic, cultural, economic, and workforce development needs of the region."

About Dr. Peter Grant Jordan

Dr. Peter Grant Jordan’s impressive career in higher education spans three decades, and is passionate about the mission of community colleges, as well as committed to access, diversity, academic quality, planning, innovation, and student success.

In 2012, Dr. Jordan assumed the president of Tarrant County College-South Campus in Texas. In this role, he led a campus of over 500 faculty and staff, an annual enrollment of 17,000 students, annual operational budgets of nearly $30 million, and a physical plant that includes 21 buildings on a 159-acre campus. At Tarrant County College, he also directed a college-wide inquiry into the childcare needs of student-parents, which culminated in the acquisition of a $1.5 million USDOE Child Care Access Means Parents in Schools Program grant to provide vouchers that help subsidize childcare for student-parents. Additionally, during his time at the college, there was a 12 percent growth in campus enrollment between the Fall 2016 and Fall 2018 semesters.

Prior to joining Tarrant, Dr. Jordan held positions of vice president for institutional effectiveness and vice president of enrollment management and student development at LaGuardia Community College. Additionally, he has served as interim vice chancellor for student affairs at CUNY; vice president of enrollment and student affairs at Vaughn College (College of Aeronautics); dean of student enrollment, New York Institute of Technology; dean of university admissions, Polytechnic Institute of New York University; assistant and associate dean of university admissions at Adelphi University; associate director and acting director of admissions at Eugene Lang College/New School for Social Research; and assistant and associate director of admissions at Adelphi University.

Dr. Jordan holds an Ed.D. in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania; a M.S. in Operations Management from Tandon School of Engineering/New York University (formerly Polytechnic University), and a B.A. in English and History from Colby College.

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