Schenectady County Community College’s (SCCC) Board of Trustees named Monday current Vice President of Student Affairs Martha Asselin as Acting President. Dr. Asselin will take over following President Quintin Bullock’s departure, which is scheduled for March 2014. Dr. Bullock’s last day at the college will be March 4 and Dr. Asselin will take on the new leadership role March 5.
Throughout this transition, SCCC’s Board of Trustees will be conducting a national search for the college’s next president, the school said in a release.
“Martha has been an essential member of SCCC for more than 20 years as a strong, experienced leader with the enthusiastic drive and insight we need to continue SCCC’s growth as we transition into this next chapter,” said SCCC Board of Trustees Chairwoman Denise Murphy McGraw. “The SCCC community wishes Dr. Bullock the best of luck in his new role and we thank him for his leadership.
Dr. Bullock will continue with us through the early spring semester as we further the college’s reach into downtown Albany at the 112 State Street extension site.”
Earlier this month, President Bullock accepted the position of President of the Community College of Allegheny County, a Pittsburgh-based community college with more than 60,000 students attending classes on four campuses.
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“This is an exciting time for SCCC and I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as Acting President,” said Asselin. “From Nanotechnology to Casino Gaming, we are now on the cutting edge of the most rapidly growing careers. Through Dr. Bullock’s leadership, the college has grown so much, and the momentum will continue as we extend our reach and develop new programs that meet the needs of today’s workforce.”
With more than 30 years experience in higher education, Asselin became an integral part of SCCC in 1990. She currently serves as SCCC’s Vice President of Student Affairs, with key oversight of several offices, including Admissions, Academic Advisement, Financial Aid, Career and Employment Services, Counseling, Athletics, Educational Opportunity Program and Multicultural Affairs, Counseling, ADA Transition Services and several grants.
"I congratulate Dr. Martha Asselin for being appointed as the Acting President of Schenectady County Community College and wish her success in this leadership role through the organized transition,” said Bullock. “I want to thank the President's Council, faculty, and staff for their hard work and support of my leadership to move SCCC to its next level of excellence. We have accomplished tremendous success for SCCC, our community, and most importantly, our students."
Asselin was first appointed to the SUNY system in August 1984. Prior to joining SCCC, she served in Residential Life at the University of Delaware and SUNY Cobleskill. Asselin holds a bachelor’s in both Psychology and Sociology from SUNY Oswego and holds both a Master of Science and Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Policy Studies from the SUNY Albany. Her dissertation entitled “Utilizing Social Networks in Times of Crisis: Understanding, Exploring and Analyzing Critical Incident Management at Institutions of Higher Education” was published in Spring 2012.
Asselin is Co-Chair of the College’s Campus Safety Council and serves on the Faculty-Student Association, Affirmative Action/Multicultural Advisory Committee, Student Affairs Committee and Enrollment Action Team. She also serves as the Advisor to the Student Government Association and The Christian Fellowship Club. Asselin also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons High School in Albany, March for Babies of Schenectady County, serves as Co-President of the SUNY Campus Safety Council and is a longtime member and officer of the SUNY Community College Chief Student Affairs Officers Association.
Asselin has contributed her time to several community organizations, having served on the Advisory Board for the Institute of Community College Development, American Heart Association Board of Directors, Community Human Services Board of Directors, Girls Inc. of Schenectady Board of Directors and the YMCA Schenectady Downtown Branch Board of Directors.
Asselin has been recognized for her exemplary work through various awards, including the Chamber of Schenectady County’s Good News Award and the YWCA’s Woman of Achievement award for her creation of and work with the Schenectady Smart Scholars Early College in the High School program, which operates in collaboration with Schenectady High School, the State University of New York and the New York State Education Department.
She has also been recognized with the SUNY Student Affairs Special Program Award (2008), the Board Member of Distinction Award presented by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany (2008), the National Council on Student Development Regional Conference Presenter Award (2008) and the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service (1995).