Saranac Lake The North Country Community College Board of Trustees will interview four finalists for college president, after a nationwide search and a search committee interviewed eight candidates before narrowing the field to four—Dr. W. David Pelham, Dr. Steve Tyrell, Dr. Martyn Clay and Dr. Mark Kosinski.
The finalists, each vying to be the college’s 6th leader in its 44 year history, will be interviewed by the board, the college and outside community. These groups will have an opportunity to participate in open forums with the candidates. The dates for the open forums are posted on the college website, www.nccc.edu. The board is expected to make a decision in April, with the new president to take office this summer.
“I have been extremely pleased with the search process, the field of candidates and the four finalists who are moving forward,” said Gerald Blair, chair of the NCCC Board of Trustees and. “Each candidate brings a wealth of experience and talents that could serve our students and community very well. This is a very exciting time for our institution.”
Dr. W. David Pelham
Dr. W. David Pelham has over twenty years of experience as a college administrator. He has served as the President of two community colleges in California and as the Director of two bachelor’s degree granting technical colleges in the United Arab Emirates. He has also served as Vice Presidents of Academic Affairs and Students Services in colleges in Florida and South Carolina. Dr. Pelham holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. He holds a Master’s in Communication, a Bachelor’s in Individual Directions and an Associate’s Degree in General Education.
Dr. Mark Kosinski
Dr. Mark Kosinski has served as the Dean of Academic Affairs at Gateway Community College in New Haven, Connecticut since 2006. From 2000 to 2006 he served as Division Director of Liberal Arts at Manchester Community College in the Connecticut Community College System. Dr. Kosinski taught at Bradford College, University of Missouri, University of Florida and University of South Florida. He received his Doctorate in English and American Studies from Bowling Green State University, his Master of Arts degree in American Studies and his Bachelor of Arts degree in English.