PLATTSBURGH - The Clinton Community College Board of Trustees has approved a resolution recommending John Jablonski as the next president of Clinton Community College. The board made the resolution at their Dec. 16 meeting, and upon approval of the State University of New York Board of Trustees, Jablonski will begin his new position June 1, 2009.
Jablonski and Dr. Patrick Schmitt, campus executive officer and dean at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha, were the finalists for the position following a nationwide search.
"This certainly is the right fit," said Nina Coolidge board of trustees and search committee chairperson, "we are all very comfortable with our choice and look forward to working with John."
Jablonski currently serves as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Fulton-Montgomery Community College in Johnstown. His career with the State University of New York system spans 22 years and he is credited for having an established a record of community college leadership as well as being a leader in the community.
Jablonski holds a master's degree of science in bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa.; a bachelor's degree of science in mechanical engineering from Union College, Schenectady; and an associate's degree in engineering science from Fulton-Montgomery Community College. He is presently matriculated in the Ph.D. program, educational administration and policy studies, at the University of Albany.
During his career, Jablonski served as acting president at Fulton-Montgomery from July 2005 to July 2006. He also held positions as vice president and dean of the college, dean of business and technology, and he was a member of the faculty as professor of engineering science. His professional affiliations include, the Association of Presidents of Public Community Colleges, SUNY Association of Chief Academic Officers, New York Transfer and Articulation Association, SUNY Two-Year Engineering Science Association, and American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
"When I applied for the position at Clinton Community College, I thought that it would be an excellent fit for the college and for me and my family," said Jablonski. "Everything that I've seen and heard during the selection process has made me even more sure that this is the place for me."
Jablonski, a lifelong resident of upstate New York, said he and his wife, Kelly, are "looking forward to becoming part of the community" and he is "looking forward to providing the leadership that will help CCC to realize its full potential."
"The students, faculty and staff have impressed me with their dedication, their enthusiasm and their kindness," he said. "The community leaders that I've met are very supportive of the college. They recognize what an asset it is. The trustees, the administration, interim president [Frederick] Woodward and his wife, Carol, have made Kelly and me feel like we belong here."