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Dr. Kenneth Saunders Named Acting President of NCC

On Wednesday, the SUNY board of trustees approved the recommendation of the chancellor of SUNY, Dr. Nancy Zimpher, that Dr. Saunders be named to the position.

Dr. Kenneth A. Saunders
Dr. Kenneth A. Saunders
Nassau Community College (NCC) is pleased to announce that effective immediately, Dr. Kenneth A. Saunders has assumed the position of acting president of the college.

On Jan. 16, the State University of New York’s (SUNY) board of trustees approved the recommendation of the chancellor of SUNY, Dr. Nancy Zimpher, that Dr. Saunders be named to the position of acting president.    
 
“Nassau Community College has for decades provided the Long Island community with a college education of the highest quality, and I would be honored to stay on as acting president while the board of trustees at the college and SUNY continue their search for permanent leadership,” said Dr. Saunders. “I thank Chancellor Zimpher for her support and look forward to continuing to serve NCC’s outstanding students, faculty and staff.”

Dr. Saunders has been NCC’s officer in charge since July 30, 2012.
 
“As officer in charge of the campus for the past five months and a member of its leadership team since 1999, Dr. Saunders has developed the knowledge and experience needed to lead Nassau Community College with distinction,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “I am highly confident in his abilities and pleased to recommend that his leadership continue until a permanent NCC president is appointed.” 
 
Dr. Saunders brings to NCC more than 28 years of experience (15 within SUNY) as a senior higher education administrator at several highly regarded educational institutions, including SUNY Old Westbury, the University of Michigan-Flint, Howard University and Illinois State University. Most recently, he served as executive vice president of NCC. Prior, he was for 12 years the college’s vice president for Academic Student Services. 
 
Dr. Saunders will remain as acting president of NCC for one year, or until a permanent president is appointed, whichever occurs first. A national search will be conducted for a permanent president.
 
A resident of Freeport, Dr. Saunders earned a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Management and Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Education in guidance and counseling from Howard University. In addition, he attended the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University.

Submitted by Nassau Community College

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