Albany -- The State University of New
York Board of Trustees today approved the appointment of Dr. Barbara G. Risser as
the President of Finger Lakes Community College, effective Oct. 26, 2007.
The Board of Trustees of
Finger Lakes Community College appointed Dr. Barbara Risser as
Administrator-in-Charge, effective August 8, 2007.
Following a national search and interviews at the campus level and with SUNY
System Administration senior staff, the Finger Lakes Board of Trustees adopted
a resolution approving the selection of Dr. Barbara Risser to serve as the
college’s next president on July 5, 2007.
“Dr. Risser has a great deal
of experience in higher education and particularly within SUNY’s community
college sector,” said Interim SUNY Chancellor Dr. John B. Clark. “I am
confident that she will be a strong and effective leader for the campus. I
commend the Boards of Trustees at SUNY and Finger
Lakes Community College for
recognizing Dr. Risser’s talents and placing their confidence in her with this
“Dr. Risser’s 26 years of
experience at Onondaga Community College and her service as Finger Lakes
Community College president for the last several months will prove to be of
great value to the students, faculty and staff of the campus,” said SUNY Board
of Trustees Chairman Carl T. Hayden. “I am pleased to be a part of this
confirmation and look forward to working with Dr. Risser.”
"I am truly honored that
the SUNY Board of Trustees has approved my appointment as the fourth President
of Finger Lakes Community College," said Dr. Risser. "I am grateful
to be a part of this new chapter of the College's history, and I am looking forward
to shaping the future of this outstanding institution."
Prior to this appointment, Risser
was serving as the vice president of student and academic services at Onondaga Community College
since 2004. Previously, she served at Onondaga Community College as associate vice president for arts and sciences
from 2001 to 2004; professor of English/reading from 1995 to 2001; associate
professor of English from 1989 to 1994; and assistant professor of
English/reading from 1981 to 1988.
During her 20 years as a
faculty member at Onondaga Community
College, Risser served in a variety of
faculty governance roles, ranging from chair of the faculty to member of the
Faculty Executive Committee. She also served as chair or co-chair of several
other committees, and she participated as a member of the Onondaga Community College
delegation to Namibia.
Risser has been honored with
several awards and distinctions, including the Onondaga Community College
Trustees Awards, National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development
(NISOD) Excellence Award, and the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in
Teaching. She also is an honorary member of Phi Theta Kappa, the international
honor society of two-year colleges.
Risser recently earned a
doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania,
and her dissertation focused on the entrepreneurial community college. She
received a master’s of science degree in reading education from Syracuse University and
a bachelor of arts degree in English education from Hartwick College.
She will be the college’s
fourth president, replacing Dr. Daniel T. Hayes, who retired from FLCC after
having served as President for 15 years.
A native of central New York, Risser
enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with family and friends in her spare
time. Risser resides in Canandaigua, NY, with her husband Fred.
Established in 1965, Finger Lakes Community College
enrolled its first class of 210 students in 1968. Today, the college has grown
considerably, enrolling more than 5,150 credit-seeking students (Fall 2006) and
offering more than 40 associate degrees and credited certificate programs
designed to prepare graduates to enter the workforce or transfer to four-year
institutions. The college offers classes in Canandaigua, Geneva, and Newark, New York.
The State University of New
York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States,
educating more than 417,500 students in 7,669 degree and certificate programs
on 64 campuses.