President's Welcome

After a humble start in Hudson Falls in 1961, Adirondack Community College first opened its doors in Queensbury in 1967. Our founders thought big and stayed true to serving the community first. 

Today, SUNY Adirondack continues to be an integral part of the region’s vigorous evolution. As upstate New York continues to re-energize its economy, our college is moving forward to meet the demands of local residents and employers.

Our students have big dreams, and our faculty are here to help. The stories you read in this report are just a sampling of the great work being done by our faculty, students and community. 

The faculty members stay in touch with the needs of our regional employers and are experts in their respective fields. Teaching is their focus, and learning is the outcome. Our world is changing at an exponential pace, which means the learners of today need to be prepared to be learners for life. We are grounded in creating lifelong learners who can think critically, write well, react to problems with creativity and enthusiasm, and seek new knowledge to be successful in our quickly changing world. 

The long view requires us to be constantly reviewing our offerings to stay relevant. Our faculty have been busy creating new academic pathways by offering 11 new degrees and concentrations over the past three years. We meet with industry leaders, review labor market data and think beyond today to ensure our offerings are keeping up with the workplaces of tomorrow. 

Speaking of big changes: If you haven’t been on campus in awhile, you might not recognize the place. We’ve been thinking BIG about the 21st-century needs of our communities. With over $30 million in investment, we are transforming our learning spaces to support science and health care-related fields, as well as creating training spaces and Business Central — a one-stop hub for business innovation, new business start-up and workforce support. 

A new 26,250-square-foot science building expansion includes classrooms, laboratories, meeting spaces and a state-of-the-art greenhouse opening in fall 2017, and the original structure is under renovation to contain classrooms and labs to support nursing and science-related fields. A 13,250-square-foot wing added to the north side of the building will house the Regional Workforce Readiness Center. 

The facility, set to open in early 2018, will train the business leaders of tomorrow, support local entrepreneurs and be a driving force in the upstate New York economy. To honor our connection to the region, the renovated and expanded building has been renamed Adirondack Hall.

Warren Hall, on the south side of campus, is also in the middle of a major renovation to better serve our students and will be completed in early 2018.

We thank you, our community, for supporting the work we do. SUNY Adirondack has a bright future, and we consider you to be a valuable member of the school’s big picture.


Kristine D. Duffy, Ed.D.