The North Country Community College Board of Trustees will interview four finalists for college president, after a nationwide search and a search committee interviewed eight candidates before narrowing the field to four—Dr. W. David Pelham, Dr. Steve Tyrell, Dr. Martyn Clay and Dr. Mark Kosinski.
The finalists, each vying to be the college’s 6th leader in its 44 year history, will be interviewed by the board, the college and outside community. These groups will have an opportunity to participate in open forums with the candidates. The dates for the open forums are posted on the college website, www.nccc.edu. The board is expected to make a decision in April, with the new president to take office this summer.
“I have been extremely pleased with the search process, the field of candidates and the four finalists who are moving forward,” said Gerald Blair, chair of the NCCC Board of Trustees and. “Each candidate brings a wealth of experience and talents that could serve our students and community very well. This is a very exciting time for our institution.”
Dr. W. David Pelham
Dr. W. David Pelham has over twenty years of experience as a college administrator. He has served as the President of two community colleges in California and as the Director of two bachelor’s degree granting technical colleges in the United Arab Emirates. He has also served as Vice Presidents of Academic Affairs and Students Services in colleges in Florida and South Carolina. Dr. Pelham holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. He holds a Master’s in Communication, a Bachelor’s in Individual Directions and an Associate’s Degree in General Education.
Dr. Mark Kosinski
Dr. Mark Kosinski has served as the Dean of Academic Affairs at Gateway Community College in New Haven, Connecticut since 2006. From 2000 to 2006 he served as Division Director of Liberal Arts at Manchester Community College in the Connecticut Community College System. Dr. Kosinski taught at Bradford College, University of Missouri, University of Florida and University of South Florida. He received his Doctorate in English and American Studies from Bowling Green State University, his Master of Arts degree in American Studies and his Bachelor of Arts degree in English.
Dr. Martyn Clay
Dr. Martyn Clay is the Provost for Academic and Student Affairs at Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell. Dr. Clay has over 18 years of experience in higher education that includes 11 years in senior administration at comprehensive community colleges ranging from 4,000 to 30,000 students in urban, suburban and rural settings. He has also been a college instructor and is retired from a career in the United States Army. Dr. Clay earned a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia, a Master of Arts degree from Webster University and a Bachelor of Arts from Bucknell.
Dr. Steve Tyrell
Dr. Steve Tyrell has served as Vice President for Student Affairs at Alfred State College since 2004. He is completing this 29th year in higher education and his 19th year in SUNY. Prior to Alfred State College, he served as Associate Dean for Student Discipline at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Associate Dean for Student Affairs at Michigan Tech and various student life positions at SUNY New Paltz. Dr. Tyrell has a Doctorate in Rhetoric and Technical Communication from Michigan Tech, a Master of Arts degree in Educational Administration and Supervision and a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Communication from SUNY New Paltz.
Full biographies and photos provided by the candidates can be found at www.nccc.edu. Each finalist will participate in public forums during his visit at the Saranac Lake, Malone and Ticonderoga campuses. Please check the college website for days and times for each campus. The forums are open to students, employees and the general public. There will be a brief introduction of each candidate followed by a question and answer session. Comment forms will be provided to those who attend and collected and reviewed by the board.
The presidential search has been assisted by the Association for Community College Trustees based in Washington, D.C. The search committee was chaired by Trustee Tom Michael and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Carole Richardson. Its membership included representatives from Essex and Franklin counties, community leaders, students, faculty, staff and administration.
North Country Community College is sponsored by Essex and Franklin counties as a unit of the State University of New York.