SUNY Board of Trustees Approves the Appointment of Dr. Steve J. Tyrell As President of North Country Community College

May 10, 2012

Albany – The State University of New York Board of Trustees today approved the appointment of Dr. Steve J. Tyrell as president of North Country Community College, effective June 15, 2012.

Following a nationwide search and recommendation by the Presidential Search Committee, the Board of Trustees at North Country Community College unanimously passed a resolution at a special Board meeting held April 24, 2012, appointing Dr. Tyrell as president. He will replace Dr. Carol Brown, who served as president since 2009 and retired on April 30, 2012.

“On behalf of the Board and the SUNY family, it is my honor to support Dr. Tyrell’s appointment,” said Board Chairman H. Carl McCall. “I look forward to continuing our work together as Dr. Tyrell begins the next chapter of an esteemed career at SUNY and within higher education.”

“Dr. Tyrell has shown impeccable leadership at Alfred State College over the last eight years and I am certain that his extensive knowledge and experience in student affairs is going to serve him well as president of North Country Community College,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “Dr. Tyrell is well suited to provide leadership for the students, faculty, and staff at NCCC and to continue our partnerships with the Essex and Franklin County communities.”

“I am thrilled to return home to the region and lead North Country Community College into its next phase,” said Dr. Tyrell. “I look forward to working with Chancellor Zimpher and the SUNY Board as well as campus and community leaders to advance our workforce partnerships and extend the impact of North County throughout the counties of Essex and Franklin. I am also joining a community of highly dedicated professionals who continue to prepare graduates who excel in the region and beyond.”

About Dr. Steve J. Tyrell
Dr. Steve Tyrell has served as vice president for student affairs at Alfred State College since 2004. Prior, he served as associate dean for student discipline at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, associate dean for student affairs at Michigan Tech and in various positions in residence life, student activities and student union operations at SUNY New Paltz.

Dr. Tyrell has a PhD in Rhetoric and Technical Communication from Michigan Tech, a MA in Educational Administration and Supervision and a BS in Speech Communication, both from SUNY New Paltz.

Dr. Tyrell has been active on a number of state and national associations’ committees, including ACPA’s Commission on Administrative Leadership, ACPA Professional Skills and Knowledge Competencies, and the NASPA/ACPA Joint Committee on Developing Professional Standards. He recently served as president of the SUNY’s Council of Chief Student Affairs Officers. He currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Student Affairs and is a faculty member in ACPA’s Mid-Level Management Institute. Dr. Tyrell currently chairs ACPA’s Credentialing Implementation Team. He has served on Middle States’ visitation teams since 2004.

Dr. Tyrell has published, presented papers and served as an invited keynote speaker on topics ranging from academic integrity, assessing community development in the residence halls, crisis management, managing issues related to students at risk, effective intervention strategies for alcohol and drugs, applying student development theories and models to practice, middle managerial discourse, effectiveness and politics in higher education, developing student learning outcomes assessment programs, conflict and communication, to strategic planning, assessment and resource allocation. He has served as adjunct faculty teaching interpersonal communication.

About the State University of New York
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