PLATTSBURGH - Clinton Community College has installed its seventh president and he's a familiar face.
John E. Jablonski, who has been serving as college president since June 1, 2009, was officially inaugurated during a ceremony at the college May 21. State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher performed the investiture of Jablonski during the event, marking her second visit to Clinton Community College since becoming head of the SUNY system early last year.
Jablonski, humbled by the ceremony that was attended by several political dignitaries including Rep. William L. Owens, D-Plattsburgh, said the day was "a great day on many levels."
"Most importantly, I thought it was a great opportunity to sort of pull back the curtain, if you will, on Clinton Community College's plan to make the best contribution it can to the future of our community," said Jablonski.
During his inaugural address, Jablonski outlined his vision for the college's academic road ahead.
"We have to continue to make our community one that has a ready workforce and one that is attractive to business and industry," said Jablonski. "Making sure that we have a ready workforce will sustain businesses and industries in our region. If we do this, the quality of life in the North Country will continue to be very, very strong."
Jablonski said he's very confident of that given the fine faculty of the college teaching young minds and believes he's not the only one to take notice of Clinton Community College.
"What's clear to me is that community leaders, government leaders and business leaders - all of these people - really recognize that this college is important to the future," said Jablonski. "I think that Clinton has an opportunity to make a very, very big impact in the community."
Jablonski and his wife, Kelly, live in Peru. The couple has two daughters, Elise and Victoria.