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SCCC appoints interim leader

Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy, left, and Schenectady County Community College  Board of Trustees Chairwoman Denise Murphy McGraw, second from right, participate in a guided tour of the new SCCC downtown Albany extension site earlier this year.
Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy, left, and Schenectady County Community College Board of Trustees Chairwoman Denise Murphy McGraw, second from right, participate in a guided tour of the new SCCC downtown Albany extension site earlier this year.
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Martha Asselin was formally appointed Monday evening as interim president at Schenectady County Community College. Asselin afterward called the selection an honor. Asselin is a 23-year veteran of the school and is currently the school’s vice president of student affairs. Her new title will become acting president. The appointment is to take effect March 5, after the departure of current President Quintin Bullock. “I think it’s the biggest compliment someone can have, after working for ...


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SchenectadyScott
December 17, 2013
12:31 a.m.

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Martha Asselin is a dedicated servant and fervent administrator for SCCC. A very capable and perfect choice to fill in and hopefully permanently as President. SCCC is in very good hands with Martha.

eisigh
December 17, 2013
5:15 a.m.

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Not everyone at the college thinks that Martha Asselin is "very capable" and a "perfect choice." As for her leaving open the possibility of putting her name into the search for the permanent position, SUNY guidelines recommend against it, and for good reasons:

"Experience has shown that the pressure on trustees and search committee members, real or imagined, can cloud an open search when there is an internal candidate who is at the same time chief executive. Therefore, we recommend that temporary or interim appointees not be candidates for the permanent position."

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