An official with nearly a quarter-century of service at Schenectady County Community College will be named to take over the school on an interim basis when the current president leaves in March, another college official said Thursday.
Martha Asselin, currently vice president of student affairs, is expected to be formally named interim president Monday at a meeting of the college’s Board of Trustees, board President Denise Murphy McGraw said. McGraw said Asselin is a good choice to lead the school between the departure of Quintin Bullock and the selection of a new president.
“After more than two decades of service at Schenectady County Community College, Martha knows our college and our community as well as anyone,” McGraw said. “She’s worked well with our faculty, our staff and, most of all, our students.”
Bullock announced earlier this month he is leaving to accept a more lucrative offer overseeing the Community College of Allegheny County in western Pennsylvania.
Bullock took the reins of SCCC in December 2008, replacing longtime president Gabriel Basil. He is expected to leave for his new job in March, but is also expected to help Asselin transition into the interim position.
Asselin was appointed head of student affairs in 2010. She first arrived at SCCC in 1990 as director of student activities. She added coordinator of student development services to her title in 1993. Those jobs then evolved into the position of assistant dean of student services in 1996 and later associate dean for student services.
At the time of her 2010 appointment as student affairs head, she was co-chair of the college’s Campus Safety Council and served on the Faculty-Student Association and other committees.
Prior to coming to Schenectady, Asselin worked in residential life at the University of Delaware.
Asselin was chosen after the board reached out to the school’s vice presidents. Asselin was both interested and available, McGraw said.
Her appointment as interim president won’t be official until approved by SUNY trustees in January.
She will be paid an annual salary of $155,000, the starting pay given to Bullock when he was hired. She will remain at that salary as long as she is in the post, McGraw said.
As for the search for Bullock’s permanent replacement, McGraw said she doesn’t see that starting until Bullock leaves. She said the college will look nationwide but also consider internal candidates.
She also expects to reach out to stakeholders in the college community to determine what is working well now, as well as what needs to be improved. That information would then be used to find the best choice, she said.
“It will be a very robust process,” McGraw said.