Jay Quaintance

Jay Quaintance

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Jay Quaintance serves as Assistant Secretary for Education in the New York State Executive Chamber where he works on both P-12 and Higher Education policy development and implementation. Prior to this, Jay served as Assistant Vice Chancellor and Assistant Provost for Community College Policy and Planning at the State University of New York. In that role he provided system support to the 30 SUNY community colleges for the implementation of the SUNY strategic plan. His portfolio included coordinating efforts to advance many of SUNY’s critical efforts within the community college sector to ensure student access and success with a focus largely on improving outcomes in the areas of college readiness, remediation reform, and workforce and workplace development.

Jay came to this role following 18 years of higher education experience in New York and New Mexico. Immediately prior, he served as the Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs at Schenectady County Community College where he oversaw the College’s retention and enrollment management efforts. At SCCC he also served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Developmental Studies, taught developmental writing, and oversaw the developmental education program. Additionally, he led college level curriculum development and alignment for Schenectady Smart Scholars Early College High School. 

Mr. Quaintance has also served as president of the Board of Directors of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schenectady County, the Open Stage Media Advisory Committee and is a past member of the Town of Niskayuna Planning Board and Zoning Commission.

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