New York City – The State University of New York Board of Trustees
today approved the appointment of Dr. Donald P. Astrab as president of Nassau Community College.
“Donald Astrab comes to us with two decades of experience in the
community college sector as a teacher, administrator and leader,” said SUNY
Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “After interviewing him for the position, it was
evident that Donald Astrab was the ideal candidate to lead the Nassau campus as
it experiences record enrollment and interest from the local, state and
international communities. I commend both the college Board and the SUNY
trustees for this appointment.”
of the Board of Trustees, it is my pleasure to welcome Donald Astrab back to
SUNY,” said Board Chairman Carl T. Hayden. “Donald Astrab is a SUNY Oswego Alum
who has garnered a great deal of experience and knowledge during an illustrious
career in higher education. The search committee and board of trustees at Nassau Community College are to be commended for this selection.”
SUNY community colleges are governed and administered locally and each
community college Board of Trustees appoints its president subject to the
approval of the SUNY Board.
said, “I am extremely proud and honored to be joining Nassau Community College and the SUNY system. I look forward to building upon NCC's first 50
years of progress with a vision that will meet the 21st Century needs of our
students and our community in ways that will foster justice, compassion and
Dr. Donald P. Astrab
comes to the State University of New York with 17 years of community college
experience at Brevard Community College in Florida. Beginning his college
career as a Professor of Chemical Instrumentation in 1992, he rose rapidly
through the ranks of academic leadership, serving as Chair of the Department of
Science and Technology (1995-1999), Dean of Technical Education (2000-2003),
and Executive Vice President and Chief Learning Officer (2003-2009).
those academic positions, Dr. Astrab held the posts of Laboratory Manager for
Aecos Environmental Services in Kailua, Hawaii (1987-1988) and Water Quality
Control Coordinator for the City and County of Honolulu (1989-1991).
participant in community life while at Brevard Community College, Dr. Astrab
was a member of the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast,
the United Way of Brevard, the Brevard Workforce Development Board, the
Brevard Museum of Art and Science, Habitat for Humanity, and other community
organizations. He is also a member of the American Chemical Society.
earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with dual majors in chemistry and biology from
SUNY Oswego, a Master of Public Health degree in Public Health Environmental –
Occupational Health Management from the University of Hawaii – Manoa, and his
Ph.D. in Synthetic Organic Chemistry also from the University of Hawaii – Manoa.
Dr. Astrab’s appointment is effective Nov. 20, 2009 at an annual salary
the Presidential Search
Community College Board of Trustees conducted a national search to identify an
individual to serve as President of Nassau Community College. A search
committee, which included representatives of all major college constituencies
as well as stakeholders in the community, recommended three candidates to the
Board of Trustees. Following interviews with all three candidates, the Board
adopted a resolution appointing Dr. Astrab as President.
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