Brian Durant appointed Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs

QUEENSBURY – SUNY Adirondack announced today (Jan. 30, 2012) that its Board of Trustees unanimously voted to appoint Brian Durant as the college’s new Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs. Durant had been serving in the position on an interim basis for about a year; he previously served as the college’s Dean for Student Affairs and an Instructor of Counseling.

Brian Durant, Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at SUNY Adirondack

“After conducting an extensive national search, it became clear that the best-qualified candidate was already on our campus,” SUNY Adirondack President Dr. Ronald C. Heacock said. “Since arriving at SUNY Adirondack, Brian has helped to enhance the college’s commitment to a student-centered culture during a time of record enrollments and other strategic enrollment growth initiatives.”

For three years, Durant has chaired the college’s Strategic Enrollment Management team, a group which researched and identified new ways to grow college enrollments while also ensuring student success and linking academic initiatives to local economic and workforce development needs. In his new position, Durant will oversee the college’s 10 academic divisions as well as its comprehensive portfolio of student-services offices, including admissions, advising, accessibility services, counseling, and records and registration.

"My time at SUNY Adirondack has allowed me to gain experience in several areas within the college, and has provided me with the opportunity to recognize the value each department adds to the overall institution,” Durant said. “I look forward to collaboratively working with faculty, administration, staff, and students to continue the strong tradition of academic excellence that exists at SUNY Adirondack, while also embracing new initiatives that will help the college serve the changing economic and workforce needs of our region."

Durant, of Ballston Spa, holds a Master of Science in Education in Counseling from The College of Saint Rose and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from SUNY Plattsburgh.  He recently completed his coursework toward a Doctor of Education with a concentration in Higher Education Administration from Northeastern University.

Last year a search committee was formed of SUNY Adirondack trustees, faculty, and staff to begin the process of selecting a replacement for the position. The team worked with the Association of Community College Trustees to conduct a national-level search that resulted in 164 applicants. A separate faculty-led committee supporting the search process also highly recommended Durant for the position.

With locations in Queensbury, Wilton, and online, SUNY Adirondack is a growing campus of the nation’s largest university, the State University of New York. SUNY Adirondack annually serves more then 8,000 students via its credit and Continuing Education programs.

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