SUNY Board Announces New Presidents at Cayuga & Ulster County Community Colleges

June 16, 2015

New York City – The State University of New York Board of Trustees today approved the appointments of Brian M. Durant as president of Cayuga Community College and Dr. Alan Roberts as president of Ulster County Community College.

About Brian M. Durant
Brian M. Durant began his community college career as a counselor at Columbia-Greene Community College, and later worked as a career specialist at Sage College of Albany and as an instructor of counseling and assistant professor of Counseling at Adirondack Community College. While at SUNY Adirondack, Mr. Durant was promoted to the position of dean for Student Affairs and subsequently as vice president for Academic and Student Affairs. Mr. Durant received his B.A. in Political Science from SUNY Plattsburgh and his M.S. in Education Counseling from the College of Saint Rose. In addition, he is poised to receive his Doctor of Education with a concentration in Higher Education Administration from Northeastern University.

Mr. Durant’s appointment is effective August 17, 2015, at an annual salary of $170,000.

About Dr. Alan Roberts
Dr. Alan Roberts began his career in higher education in 1988 when he joined Indian River State College as an adjunct instructor. In 1991, he became a full professor as well as the chair of the Business and Accounting Department. Over the years, Dr. Roberts continued to assume increased responsibilities and duties at Indian River State College, serving as dean of Business and Industrial Technology, dean of Health Sciences, and finally as vice president of Applied Science and Technology, a position he has held since 2004. Dr. Roberts received dual associate degrees from North Country Community College, a bachelor’s degree in Business and Marketing from the University at Albany, a master’s degree in Distributive Education from the University at Albany, and a doctoral degree in Community College Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Central Florida.

Dr. Roberts’ appointment is effective July 27, 2015, at an annual salary of $175,000.

About the State University of New York
The State University of New York, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, and more than 95 percent of all New Yorkers live within 30 miles of any one of SUNY’s 64 colleges and universities. Across the system, SUNY has four academic health centers, five hospitals, four medical schools, two dental schools, a law school, the country’s oldest school of maritime, the state’s only college of optometry, and manages one US Department of Energy National Laboratory. In total, SUNY serves about 1.4 million students amongst its entire portfolio of credit- and non-credit-bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs. SUNY oversees nearly a quarter of academic research in New York. Research expenditures system-wide are nearly $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2022, including significant contributions from students and faculty. There are more than three million SUNY alumni worldwide, and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree is a SUNY alum. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunities, visit

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