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Genesee Community College's Board of Trustees tonight voted unanimously to select Dr. James M. Sunser as Genesee's 4th president. Dr. Sunser's appointment is subject to approval by the State University of New York Board of Trustees.

Dr. James M. SunserDr. Sunser currently serves as Vice President for Continuing and Extended Learning at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, NY. In his current position, he oversees a wide variety of educational programs serving non-traditional students, distance learners, high school students, and employees of hundreds of area business organizations.

Dr. Sunser has spent much of his educational career at Onondaga. Prior to his appointment as Vice President for Continuing and Extended Learning in 2004, he served that College as Vice President for Finance (1996-2004) and Bursar (1989-1996). He also served as Associate Bursar of Syracuse University (1985-1989).

A native of Syracuse, Dr. Sunser graduated from Onondaga Community College in 1984 with the A.A.S. degree. He holds a B.S. degree from Syracuse University (1989), a M.S. degree from SUNY College at Brockport (1999), a Certificate of Advanced Study from the University of Rochester (2010), and an Ed.D. degree from the University of Rochester (2010).

Dr. Sunser was instrumental in a number of initiatives at Onondaga, including the construction of the Whitney Applied Technology Center, residence halls for 600 students, creation of a Center for Workforce Development, and development of new degree programs in Nuclear Technology, Sustainability, and Overhead Lineman Studies. He is a recipient of the State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service (2000). Since 2004, he has served as a member of the adjunct faculty of Keuka College.

Board of Trustees Chair Charles R. Ruffino said that he anticipates Dr. Sunser beginning his duties at Genesee August 1, 2011. He will take over from Dr. Stuart Steiner, who is retiring after 44 years of service to Genesee, including 36 years as president. Dr. Sunser's salary will be $177,832.

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