Albany – The State University
of New York Board of Trustees today approved the appointment of Dr. James M.
Sunser as president of Genesee Community College, as previously approved by the
Board of Trustees at the campus. His appointment is effective August 1, 2011.
Dr. Sunser currently serves
as vice president for continuing and extended learning at Onondaga Community
College, where he oversees a wide variety of educational programs for non-traditional
students, distance learners, high school students, and employees of hundreds of
“Dr. Sunser has literally
been with SUNY since he was a student and it is a great pleasure to support his
appointment as the fourth president of Genesee Community College,” said
Chancellor Zimpher. “As an alumnus and a seasoned professional, educator, and
leader, Dr. Sunser is ideally suited to the post.”
“Dr. Sunser’s experience in
community college education and administration has served SUNY well since he
took his first job at Onondaga Community College in 1989,” said Board Chairman
Carl T. Hayden. “There is no question that the leadership skills and system
knowledge he has developed since then will continue to be an asset. On behalf
of the Board, I am very pleased to support his appointment as Genesee’s
Dr. Sunser said, “I am
grateful to Chancellor Zimpher and the Board of Trustees for this opportunity.
I know firsthand how community colleges make life-changing differences to the
people we serve. Making education possible is not a job, it is a vocation. I
can think of no better way to spend my life, and I am humbled and honored to
join with the trustees, faculty, staff, and many supporters of Genesee
Community College in bringing the gift of learning to our students and our
The Board's appointment of
Dr. Sunser concludes a national search that was guided by an 11-member search
committee comprised of college and community representatives. The search
committee reviewed the backgrounds of 42 candidates.
Dr. Sunser will replace Dr.
Stuart Steiner, who is retiring after 44 years of service to Genesee, including
36 years as president. Dr. Sunser's salary will be $177,832.
About James M. Sunser
Dr. Sunser has spent much of
his educational career at Onondaga Community College. Prior to his appointment
as vice president for continuing and extended learning in 2004, he served Onondaga
as vice president for finance (1996-2004) and bursar (1989-1996). He also
served as associate bursar of Syracuse University (1985-1989).
A native of Syracuse, Dr.
Sunser graduated from Onondaga Community College in 1984 with the A.A.S.
degree. He holds a B.S. degree from Syracuse University (1989), a M.S. degree
from SUNY College at Brockport (1999), a Certificate of Advanced Study from the
University of Rochester (2010), and an Ed.D. degree from the University of
Dr. Sunser was instrumental to
a number of initiatives at Onondaga, including the construction of the Whitney
Applied Technology Center, residence halls for 600 students, the creation of a
Center for Workforce Development, and development of new degree programs in nuclear
technology, sustainability, and overhead lineman studies. He is a recipient of
the State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Excellence in
Professional Service (2000). Since 2004, he has served as a member of the
adjunct faculty of Keuka College.
Dr. Sunser is a well-known
volunteer in the Syracuse-area community. Among his many volunteer commitments
are service with the YMCA of Greater Syracuse's Education Advisory Board;
Syracuse City School District's Construction Advisory Council; Education
Committee of Central New York Works; American Red Cross; and Onondaga Stop DWI.
About Genesee Community
Genesee Community College has
achieved national acclaim for excellence and innovation. Genesee now offers 65
degree and certificate programs, which served 7,365 students last fall. The
College expanded its nursing program over the last two years, and recently
added innovative new degree programs in Veterinary Technology and
Polysomnographic Technology. Last year, more than 12,000 employees of area
business firms and community residents participated in a wide variety of
non-credit professional and personal training programs. Last year, The
Chronicle of Higher Education named Genesee one of the nation's "Great
Colleges to Work For."
About the State University of New York
The State University of New
York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States, educating more than 467,000 students in more than 7,500 degree and
certificate programs on 64 campuses with more than 2.5 million alumni around
the globe. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit www.suny.edu