LOCH SHELDRAKE — SUNY Sullivan Vice President of Academics and Student Affairs, Marc Singer, announced his resignation from the position at the college’s Board of Trustees meeting on …
LOCH SHELDRAKE — SUNY Sullivan Vice President of Academics and Student Affairs, Marc Singer, announced his resignation from the position at the college’s Board of Trustees meeting on March 16.
Singer was named VP last February.
“Resources are not what they need to be. I think the Governor [Hochul] is making some efforts, but it makes it hard to do the work we need to do,” Singer explained. “We know what we need to do but it’s hard to get to the place where we need to be.”
Singer noted the position has brought forth ongoing challenges, even at the beginning of his tenure dealing with the struggles of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
According to Singer, the next steps forward for the college to alleviate these challenges would likely require a greater investment in local workforce development and more emphasis placed on hospitality and tourism programs at the college.
The Board of Trustees passed on their well wishes to Singer in the next step of his journey. Trustee Steve Drobysh noted that the college is still early in the process of finding Singer’s replacement.
“I think over the next few years, you’ll see some changes,” Singer said. “[I believe] the best thing I did here was to get people to change their minds – to think about where the ball is going to be.”
Singer spoke of his admiration for the college’s faculty and staff, saying “what’s great about the people here is that they all really care – they’re all mission driven. That’s been the best thing about this school.”
Singer told the Democrat that he plans to continue his career in education at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, PA.
The Board of Trustees called to order an executive session to discuss personnel prior to adjourning the meeting.
The financial audit report for 2021-2022 was presented before the Board of Trustees by Shannon Mannese of RBT CPA’s LLP.
In her presentation, Mannese noted that the college is “in a better position than last year.”
According to her report, the college’s net worth rose by over nearly $2 million over the course of the past year.
Following the report, the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to accept the financial audit.
The Farrow Family Foundation Board and Conference Room was filled with a crowd of people, to which Trustee Drobysh addressed them in the case that they were in attendance due to the recent announcement of asylum seekers taking refuge at the college and the Center for Discovery (CFD).
It was announced by the Mayor of New York City, Eric Adams, that 100 asylum seekers will be relocated from the city into Sullivan County with the chance to receive an education at SUNY Sullivan and enter into the local workforce at the CFD.
Drobysh said that the asylum seeker program is still in its conceptual stage and nothing concrete has happened on campus just yet.
Additionally, two programs were officially deactivated from the college’s offered course curriculum – the Pastry Arts Program and the Recreation Leadership: Fitness AAS Program.
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