Schenectady County Community College President Quintin Bullock said he is hoping to take the institution to new heights during the next three years.
“I’m very gratified and looking forward to continued success for the coming years,” he said Monday after the Board of Trustees approved his new three-year contract. Bullock will receive a 1.5 percent annual salary increase to $161,258 under the deal.
Bullock, who has served as president since July 2009, said he and the trustees will develop new goals at a retreat in September. He pointed to the accomplishments of the college during his tenure, including implementing new programs in battery storage technology and alternative energy, chemical dependency and counseling, nutrition, certified nurse’s aide, and medical billing and coding, as well as the Early College High School partnership with the Schenectady City School District.
During that time, the college grew its enrollment by 11.5 percent full-time equivalent students, received a $11.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to train people for health care careers and added classes at Center City downtown.
SCCC is also in the midst of two capital projects — construction of the 264-bed student housing facility and a 13,000-square-foot music wing addition to the Begley Building.
Bullock told the trustees Monday that both projects remain on track. Furniture will be moved in at the end of August for the music wing addition. The college has received 105 signed contracts from students for housing and has another 110 applications to process. He remained optimistic that the building would be used to capacity as more students enroll.
“Traditionally, we get a large rush right around now through August,” he said.
Bullock’s contract will run through Aug. 31, 2015, and has an option for a fourth year. He replaced Gabriel Basil, who stepped down in 2008 after a 17-year tenure. Before his current position, Bullock was provost at Tidewater Community College in Virginia.
David DeVito, a senior maintenance employee, spoke highly about Bullock’s leadership to the trustees and said the college has never looked better.
“This is the most proud and the best feeling I’ve had in years to come to work every day,” he said.
In other business, the board approved hiring Charles Richardson as the new vice president of administration at an annual salary of $89,000.
Richardson has been the finance director for Orangetown, N.Y., for the last 11 years and also worked in government in Maryland.
“He has a wealth of experience in finance management and governmental affairs,” Bullock said.
Richardson replaces William Anderson, who left earlier this year for a job as vice president and dean of administration at Dutchess Community College.
Also, the board approved a resolution endorsing SUNY’s efforts to create a tobacco-free university system. The SUNY trustees in June had passed a campuswide ban on smoking in SUNY grounds and vehicles owned, leased or controlled by SUNY. Now, the matter heads to the state Legislature.
The SCCC trustees also authorized Bullock to enter into a partnership with SUNY-Delhi to allow students to take business classes at SCCC and then be able to transfer into a business administration bachelor’s degree program at SUNY-Delhi.