The North Country Community College Board of Trustees has appointed Dr. Steve Tyrell to serve as the college’s sixth president, effective June 15, 2012.
Following a nationwide search, the Presidential Search Committee and the Board of Trustees interviewed four candidates. The Board of Trustees unanimously passed a resolution at a special Board meeting held Tuesday, April 24, 2012, appointing Dr. Tyrell as President.
Board of Trustee Chair, Gerald Blair, stated, “The Board of Trustees is very pleased with the process of the search and its final outcome. Dr. Tyrell is an excellent choice for NCCC, the administration and faculty, and its students.”
Dr. Tyrell noted, “I am thrilled to return home to the region and lead North Country Community College into its next phase. I look forward to working with community leaders in advancing our workforce partnerships that extends the impact of North County throughout the counties of Essex and Franklin. I am also joining a community of highly dedicated professionals who continue to prepare graduates who excel in the region and beyond.”
Dr. Steve Tyrell has served as Vice President for Student Affairs at Alfred State College since 2004. 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 in various positions in residence life, student activities and student union operations at SUNY New Paltz. Dr. Tyrell has a PhD in Rhetoric and Technical Communication from Michigan Tech, a MA in Educational Administration and Supervision and a BS in Speech Communication, both from SUNY New Paltz. He is completing his 29th year in higher education and his 19th in SUNY.
Dr. Tyrell has been active on a number of state and national associations’ committees including ACPA’s Commission on Administrative Leadership, ACPA Professional Skills and Knowledge Competencies, and the NASPA/ACPA Joint Committee on Developing Professional Standards. He recently served as president of the SUNY’s Council of Chief Student Affairs Officers. He currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Student Affairs and is a faculty member in ACPA’s Mid-Level Management Institute. Dr. Tyrell currently chairs ACPA’s Credentialing Implementation Team. He has served on of Middle States’ visitation teams since 2004.
Dr. Tyrell has published, presented papers and served as an invited keynote speaker on topics ranging from academic integrity, assessing community development in the residence halls, crisis management, managing issues related to students at risk, effective intervention strategies for alcohol and drugs, applying student development theories and models to practice, middle managerial discourse, effectiveness and politics in higher education, developing student learning outcomes assessment programs, conflict and communication, to strategic planning, assessment and resource allocation. He has served as adjunct faculty teaching interpersonal communication.
Dr. Tyrell’s appointment as President at North Country Community College is contingent upon final approval by the State University of New York. Dr. Carol Brown has served as President since 2009 and is retiring on April 30, 2012.
He and his wife, Sharon, are native New Yorkers from upstate New York. They have two children, Zachary and Emma.
North Country Community College is sponsored by Essex and Franklin counties as a unit of the State University of New York.