Deborah Karp Coder

2011 Distinguished Alumnus
Deborah Karp Coder • Class of 1977 and 1988
Inducted October 15, 2011

Deborah Karp Coder, mother, grandmother and the Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Management Services in the Lockport City School District, is a shining example of how one can start out small and rise through the ranks to become a respected professional in the business and financial world.

Deborah Karp Coder - 2011 Distinguished Alumus

Coder, a mother of two boys began her collegiate career at NCCC in the Fall of 1975. She earned an Associates Degree in May of 1977 and then moved to Maryland where she used her degree to obtain positions involving customer service. Upon returning to WNY, Coder wanted to enhance her education and again returned to NCCC in the late 1980’s. She quickly became regarded as a student of high distinction when she graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Accounting (with High Distinction) in 1988. She continued her education at Niagara University where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and received her Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Accounting in 1991. Immediately following her graduation she worked as a Financial Reporting/Accounting Officer at Marine Midland Bank (now First Niagara Bank). She went on to become the Accountant and District Treasurer for Niagara Wheatfield CSD, followed by positions as the School Business Administrator for Barker CSD and Lyndonville CSD and is currently the Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Management Services at Lockport Small City School District.

Coder, a respected business professional also received a master’s degree from the State University of New York College at Brockport and is a graduate of the NYS Association of School Business Officials Leadership Academy.  She has and continues to serve on many professional organization boards. She attributes her achievement to NCCC "the Smart Place to Start."