May 27, 2024


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Dutchess Community College names Peter Jordan new president

Dutchess Community College this fall is debuting a new campus in Fishkill, and a new home for its aviation program at Hudson Valley Regional Airport.

It will also have a new president overseeing it all.

Peter Grant Jordan will take on the role on Aug. 2, the State University of New York Board of Trustees and SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras announced Wednesday.

Jordan, whose career in higher education spans three decades, takes over the role from Acting President Ellen Gambino, who has served since September, after Pamela Edington’s retirement in July 2020.

He becomes the college’s sixth president in its 64-year history. Edington had a six-year tenure as the college’s first female president.

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He’ll take on a college in transition, with new facilities set to open in the hopes of remedying a steady decline in enrollment and revenue shared by many community colleges across the state.

Peter Grant Jordan

In a statement announcing his appointment, Jordan said he was “grateful for the opportunity” to take on the job.

“I am eager to collaborate with college trustees, campus, SUNY and regional stakeholders to develop a shared vision and strategic plans to guide the college’s promising future,” he said. “With DCC’s committed faculty, staff and leadership, I look forward to our building on current academic innovation to advance equity, foster an even more robust and ‘student-ready’ experience, and address the educational, civic, cultural, economic, and workforce development needs of the region.”