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S TAT E O F T H E C O L L E G E A DD R E S S

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OUR MISSION OF ACCESS, STUDENT

SUCCESS, AND ACADEMIC

EXCELLENCE IS NOWMORE CRITICAL

THAN EVER AS WE FACE THE GLOBAL

CHALLENGES OF THE 21ST CENTURY.

Our work here is not only for the Lower Hudson

Valley region or even for New York State. Our work

transcends these borders with our graduates

spreading out across the United States and even

further, as they work in industry and transfer to

four-year colleges and universities.

Our purpose is clear. The need for us to succeed

has never been greater. As the world changes—in

technical, political, social, and economic ways—we

adapt to those changes while remaining grounded

in our mission and confident in the strength of our

collective ability to build what is needed to advance

this mission on behalf of our students.

This is an exciting and dynamic institution, and our

dynamics are rooted in how we honor tradition as

we manage continuous change. I sometimes marvel

at how a place so established and familiar can be

simultaneously new and uncharted… but that’s who

we are; that’s where we are.

As you may have already learned or noted, I am

personally committed—not just professionally—but

personally—committed to the community college

mission. Like many of you, I’ve seen, firsthand, the

power of transformation that takes place in our

students’ lives as they embrace their education.

This is not just a noble profession for many of us.

It’s a calling. And we are united in our purpose which I

believe is a shared purpose…to provide an accessible,

high-quality, affordable education to meet the needs

of our diverse community… and we do so with a

shared commitment to student success and

academic excellence. We share this affinity toward the

mission of the college while we value, embrace, and

celebrate differences among us.

This is a very special place where all are welcomed

and valued equally.

I've seen the power

of transformation

that takes place in

our students' lives

as they embrace

our education.