New President Welcomed
The Regional Board of Trustees at SUNY Corning Community College is pleased to welcome Dr. William Mullaney as the next president of the College. Mullaney has more than 20 years of experience serving in leadership capacities in academia.
Mullaney will begin work as the College’s 7th president on July 1, 2019, succeeding Dr. Katherine P. Douglas, who will retire on June 30, 2019, after serving the institution for eight years, and following a distinguished career in higher education spanning more than 4 decades.
“Dr. Mullaney brings a wealth of experience to the College and will be a strong partner with the community,” said SUNY Corning Community College RBOT Board Chair Carl H. Blowers. “He has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the community college vision, illustrated his innovative spirit and commitment to meeting workforce needs, and he has a history of serving as a passionate advocate and champion for student success. We look forward to a smooth transition from the current presidency -- with Dr. Kate Douglas at the helm -- and send best wishes as she begins a new chapter. The College is grateful for her leadership and contemporary thinking that has been the foundation for the great strides made during her tenure.”
“Dr. Mullaney has a keen sense of the academic programs that we can advance to help more students gain access to higher education and succeed,” said SUNY Board Chairman H. Carl McCall. “I congratulate Dr. Mullaney on being named the new president of Corning Community College, where he will continue to demonstrate that learning transforms lives.”
“Dr. Mullaney is a champion of higher education, having held critical administrative and faculty roles,” said SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson. “His past work has involved creating partnerships with local high schools, developing new academic programs, and supporting adjunct faculty, all experiences that will provide him with a strong foundation for taking over as president of Corning Community College.”
Mullaney is currently the Vice President of Academic Affairs at Bergen Community College in Paramus, N.J. He previously served as Assistant to the Executive Vice Chancellor at the Maricopa Community Colleges District Office in Tempe, Ariz. Dr. Mullaney earned a Doctor of Philosophy in English from Tulane University in New Orleans, La.; a Master of Arts in Literature from the University of California, San Diego; and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville.
“I am honored to have been selected to lead SUNY Corning Community College as its next President,” Mullaney said. “I look forward to carrying on the legacy of innovation and distinction that Kate has embraced at SUNY CCC and in service to meeting the educational and workforce needs of the region.”
At Bergen Community College, Mullaney has worked with stakeholders to increase the rate of graduation by 7% over a three-year period. He collaborated with area high schools to open the College’s first early college programs, which allow students to earn a college degree or significant college credits while still in high school. Mullaney served as member of the Middle States Steering Committee, co-leader of a working group and final editor for the self-study report, which resulted in full accreditation and 48 exemplary commendations. In addition, he worked with the faculty to develop a number of new academic programs, including Paramedic Science, Fashion Design, and Sports Management, and is currently guiding the development of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.
A search committee chaired by Nancy Wightman, vice-chair of the College’s Regional Board of Trustees, and comprised of trustees, alumni, faculty, administrators, students, and community members worked with ACCT Searches, a consulting firm, to identify the College’s next president. Applications were received from more than 50 candidates. Over the course of six months, the field was narrowed to three highly qualified candidates who all presented in open forums to the campus and community. SUNY Corning Community College’s Regional Board of Trustees voted unanimously in favor of Mullaney, as did the SUNY Board of Trustees at its meeting today.