Presidential Search

Contact Info

Julie Golder, J.D.
VP of Search Services, ACCT
(202) 775-4477 (office)
(202) 384-5816 (mobile)


This is a confidential search process. To ensure full consideration, application materials should be received no later than September 19, 2019. The position will remain open until filled.

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Presidential Profile

Niagara County Community College, SUNY
Sanborn, NY

Niagara County Community College

The Board of Trustees has announced the search for the seventh President of Niagara County Community College (NCCC).

Established in 1962, NCCC offers a comprehensive and vibrant learning environment with an enrollment of approximately 5,214 students (Fall 2018 semester). The student to faculty ratio is 17:1, providing a high degree of personalized attention for students.

The College seeks a visionary leader who will provide strategic direction to foster future growth and ensure financial stability. The next president will champion the College’s superb entrepreneurial track record to further develop programs and build partnerships focused on economic development. As a highly visible advocate for the College, the next president will lead collaborative efforts to enhance services for students and the community. 

Aerial photo of NCCC

About the College

The NCCC campus, located in Sanborn, NY, offers easy access to both Buffalo, NY and Niagara Falls State Park, and is minutes from the Canadian border. The campus is centrally located between the county’s three main cities of Lockport, Niagara Falls, and North Tonawanda. NCCC serves the community in two locations within Niagara County, at the Sanborn campus, and at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, located in the heart of downtown Niagara Falls.

NCCC continues to actively expand with the recent opening of its Learning Commons Center, a $25 million dollar project on the Sanborn campus.  In just a short period of time, it has become the nucleus of the campus; a place for faculty to collaborate and help students develop critical thinking skills while incorporating state-of-the-art technology and innovative student support services.

2017-2018 NCCC Annual Report

View the College's organization chart.


Opportunities and Challenges

  • Provide strategic and visionary leadership with a focus on strategic enrollment growth.
  • Collaborate and further develop K-12 and higher education partnerships to increase service to students throughout the region.
  • Grow existing revenue streams to ensure financial stability.
  • Garner new funding sources, including working with statewide community college leaders to advocate for capital and
    operational resources.
  • Develop entrepreneurial partnerships with business and industry, and not-for-profit organizations, which support economic
    development regional strategies.
  • Build and expand programs and services that respond to the needs of the college’s diverse economy and changing community
    demographics, including a student body that is becoming more diverse and non-traditional.
  • Strengthen communication, transparency, and collaboration with all constituents, while engaging employees, students, alumni,
    and stakeholders to work together to address varied college challenges.
  • Showcase the new Learning Commons as a center of excellence for the college and region.
  • Promote and expand educational and entrepreneurial activities at the national-recognized culinary institute.
  • Lead efforts in recruitment, hiring, and retention of diverse employees who reflect the college’s diverse student population.
  • Develop a spirit of academic entrepreneurship, and lead the campus in the development of a strategic plan identifying
    academic, operational and fiscal priorities.
  • Update and execute a master capital plan that includes the development of a new STEM center, enhancement of the athletic facilities, and significant attention to current academic facilities.

Ideal Characteristics

NCCC seeks a leader who will be an effective communicator, tireless ambassador and advocate for the college, thoughtful
and intentional administrator, and accomplished professional with skill sets, and credentials to lead effectively.

  • Demonstrate enthusiasm, inspires, supports, and encourages employees in their work, and possesses a vision
    that extends beyond the college.
  • Highly visible on campus and in the community, working comfortably with all constituencies.
  • Experience with accreditation, development of strategic plans and familiarity with facility master capital plans, managing a
    complex institution, and knowledge of institutional assessment and effectiveness.
  • Foster an entrepreneurial climate that encourages and welcomes new opportunities, fosters critical thinking and innovative
    problem-solving, and enhances the image of the college.
  • Ensure the financial strength of the institution in regard to state, county, institutional and private funds, and aligns those
    resources to the initiatives of the college.
  • Promote the vision, mission and outcomes of the college.
  • Work closely with county and state government officials to realize the college mission.
  • Champion the contributions of faculty, staff and administrators.
  • Value consensus-building through shared governance, data-driven decision-making, and seeks input from
    the college community.
  • Exhibit a successful track record at increasing enrollment and retention.
  • Diversify revenue streams through innovation and successful fundraising, to enhance programs and services.
  • Experience with student success initiatives, student services, and management of athletic programs.
  • Understand the dynamic environment of working with auxiliary services that have a contractual relationship with the college
    to provide a variety of services.
  • Work effectively, respectfully and collegially with an appointed Board of Trustees.
  • Proven record of helping students meet their academic, personal, and professional goals in a safe and
    accessible learning environment.
  • Work with high integrity in dealing with all constituents in a caring, honest, and ethical openness.
  • Demonstrate experience in administrating an organization within a union environment.


  • An earned doctorate from a regionally accredited institution is highly preferred or a master’s degree with a minimum of five years’ experience and a proven record of executive leadership in higher education.
  • An extensive background and experience in community college education and administration is preferred.
  • Evidence of collaborative executive skills with relevant knowledge and experience in leading and managing complex
    organizations, educational policy, creating and sustaining education and workforce development programs, shared
    governance, cutting-edge technology both in and out of the classroom, and fiscal management.
  • Undergraduate teaching experience preferred.
  • Experience in successful fundraising and master capital facility development.


Application Process:  Nominations and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The target date for applications is: September 19, 2019

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For additional information, nominations or confidential inquiries, contact: Julie Golder, J.D., Vice President of Search Services,, (202) 775-4466 (office) or (202) 384-5816 (mobile).

NCCC is an equal opportunity employer and considers all candidates for employment regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, citizenship, military status, marital status, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law.

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