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
that takes place in
our students' lives
as they embrace