Welcome Dr. DeCinque Interim President

December 11th, 2013 Posted in Cover Story

The CCC community is pleased to welcome interim president Dr. Gregory DeCinque, who was unanimously approved by the SUNY Board of Trustees.  DeCinque retired in August as president of Jamestown Community College, another SUNY institution, where he spent 19 years as the school’s leader. He earned his PhD in Educational Administration from the University of Texas at Austin and focused his dissertation on collective bargaining within community colleges.  He also has experience leading a college through fiscal exigency and has been the leading candidate for the position throughout much of the search since Larson announced his retirement in October.

“I hope to apply my leadership experience to help Cayuga through what I know has been a challenging time for all campus members,” DeCinque said in a news release. “We will work together to find the best solutions.”

According to the college, more than 80 percent of faculty and staff who completed a survey, agreed that Dr. DeCinque was highly-qualified for the position. He received praise from the Board of Trustees as well as students and teachers who met with him. SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher said in a news release. “We are deeply grateful to Dr. DeCinque for agreeing to come out of retirement and continue to serve our system as interim president of Cayuga Community College, while a search for permanent leadership is underway. It will be a great honor to continue working with Dr. DeCinque during this transition.”

After only two weeks at CCC, DeCinque has been immersed in the college and the community and said “I am beginning to feel at home.”  In the short time he has been on campus, he has spent time with many individuals and leaders of various groups in both Cayuga and Oswego counties.  In a recent report to the campus community, he stated “It is my belief that you can’t get much done until you know the people.”  We are all looking forward to getting to know Gregory DeCinque.

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