New President named at Columbia-Greene Community College

ALBANY, N.Y. –The State University of New York Board of Trustees today appointed Carlee Drummer, Ph.D., president of Columbia-Greene Community College.

Drummer will become C-GCC’s sixth president, succeeding President James R. Campion, who assumed his post in 2000. Her appointment is effective July 8, 2019.

Since 2014, Drummer has served as the President of Quinebaug Valley Community College (QVCC) in Danielson, Conn., which serves approximately 1,500 full- and part-time students, and more than 2,000 students taking non-credit, workforce, or personal development courses.

Under Drummer’s leadership, QVCC established a food pantry to assist students facing food insecurity; opened a 10,000 square-foot, LEED Silver Certified Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center; introduced new academic programs in cybersecurity, mechatronics, and medical laboratory technician training, and partnered with General Electric to install 2,500 solar panels on campus, saving the college an estimated $1.75 million over 20-25 years. 

Drummer earned both her doctorate and masters of arts in English from SUNY’s Stony Brook University. She received her bachelor of arts, magna cum laude, from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. She attended the Seminar for New Presidents at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. 

“From spearheading a solar panel partnership between GE and Quinebaug Valley Community College to serving as an executive director of college advancement to holding multiple faculty appointments, Dr. Drummer’s leadership experience is impressive and diverse,” said SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson. “We are pleased to welcome Dr. Drummer back to the SUNY family.”

On behalf of the SUNY Board of Trustees, Chairman H. Carl McCall added that “We are confident in Dr. Drummer and her abilities to continue to carry out the mission and priorities at Columbia-Greene Community College. Dr. Drummer has a vast experience in higher education, focused on expanding academic and student life opportunities, which will serve as a great foundation to serve our students, faculty, and the broader community served by the campus,” he continued.

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