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North Country Community College board to interview four presidential candidates

Dr. Martyn Clay

Dr. Martyn Clay is the Provost for Academic and Student Affairs at Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell. Dr. Clay has over 18 years of experience in higher education that includes 11 years in senior administration at comprehensive community colleges ranging from 4,000 to 30,000 students in urban, suburban and rural settings. He has also been a college instructor and is retired from a career in the United States Army. Dr. Clay earned a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia, a Master of Arts degree from Webster University and a Bachelor of Arts from Bucknell.

Dr. Steve Tyrell

Dr. Steve Tyrell has served as Vice President for Student Affairs at Alfred State College since 2004. He is completing this 29th year in higher education and his 19th year in SUNY. Prior to Alfred State College, he served as Associate Dean for Student Discipline at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Associate Dean for Student Affairs at Michigan Tech and various student life positions at SUNY New Paltz. Dr. Tyrell has a Doctorate in Rhetoric and Technical Communication from Michigan Tech, a Master of Arts degree in Educational Administration and Supervision and a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Communication from SUNY New Paltz.

Full biographies and photos provided by the candidates can be found at www.nccc.edu. Each finalist will participate in public forums during his visit at the Saranac Lake, Malone and Ticonderoga campuses. Please check the college website for days and times for each campus. The forums are open to students, employees and the general public. There will be a brief introduction of each candidate followed by a question and answer session. Comment forms will be provided to those who attend and collected and reviewed by the board.

The presidential search has been assisted by the Association for Community College Trustees based in Washington, D.C. The search committee was chaired by Trustee Tom Michael and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Carole Richardson. Its membership included representatives from Essex and Franklin counties, community leaders, students, faculty, staff and administration.

North Country Community College is sponsored by Essex and Franklin counties as a unit of the State University of New York. 

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