SUNY Erie Community College
Buffalo Metro Area/Western New York

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Buffalo Metro Area/Western New York

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SUNY Erie Community College (SUNY Erie) is extending its search for a President to advance the institution’s proud tradition of excellence in academics, student life, and community service.

SUNY Erie is part of the State University of New York (SUNY), the largest comprehensive university system in the United States spanning 64 campuses throughout the state, educating approximately 4 million students, and serving about 1.3 million students in credit-bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs.

More than 95 percent of all New Yorkers live within 30 miles of any one of SUNY’s colleges and universities. Across the system, SUNY has four academic health centers, five hospitals, four medical schools, two dental schools, the state’s only college of optometry, and manages one U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratory.  SUNY oversees nearly a quarter of academic research in New York. Research expenditures system-wide were more than $1.0 billion in fiscal year 2020, including significant contributions from students and faculty. There are more than three million SUNY alumni worldwide, and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree is a SUNY alum.

The President of SUNY Erie, as the chief executive officer reporting to the college trustees, is responsible for providing general educational leadership and for promoting the educational effectiveness of the institution in all aspects.

The chosen President will implement the vision of the institution to serve as an innovative learning resource by striving for universal access to lifelong learning, catalyzing economic and cultural development, and supporting a diverse and mobile student body. The ideal candidate brings high energy, broad vision, solid executive level communications skills, demonstrated business acumen and credibility, and is a proven negotiator who is politically savvy while remaining apolitical. The chosen executive leader will work to develop, communicate, persuade, inspire and implement a robust plan and timeline on behalf of a beloved institution that is widely recognized for its value to the population it serves, to the community as a whole, and to the SUNY System.

About SUNY Erie

SUNY Erie currently features three campuses within Erie County, including North Campus in Williamsville, NY; City Campus in Buffalo, NY; and South Campus in Orchard Park, NY (home of the AFC East Champion Buffalo Bills). The college serves nearly 10,000 students.

SUNY Erie offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificate programs in the areas of Business and Public Service, Health Sciences, Liberal Arts, and Engineering and Technologies. It also offers seven associate degrees and one certificate program completely online, and more than 240 courses online. The college has hundreds of partnerships with area businesses like Delaware North, Moog Inc. and M&T Bank.

SUNY Erie Community college’s City and North Campus Nursing programs achieved perfect pass rates with the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) for the first and second quarters of 2020.

The college is accredited by The Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

The selected candidate will discover an environment where professional satisfaction and career achievement are paired with optimal quality of life in this #1 Ranked Favorite City (Travel & Leisure, 2016). Buffalo Niagara has one of the lowest costs of living (named 9th Most Affordable City by Forbes, 2021) and boasts the easiest commute of any similarly size metropolitan area in the U.S.

Nomination and Application Process

For full consideration, applications should be received by September 24, 2021. The application must include a cover letter, current resume, and contact information for five current professional references and should be sent to: [email protected]

For further information and instructions to applicants, please review the profile available via or h and applications will be held in strictest confidence; references will not be contacted without the applicant’s expressed permission. Inquiries, and nominations should be sent to: [email protected] or directed to:

Kim R. Bobby, Ed.D.


 [email protected]

(253) 861-7738


Frederick V. Moore, J.D.

Executive Search Consultant

[email protected]

(712) 299-2544

SUNY Erie Community College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. For a detailed statement of its practices see:


Since 1946, Erie Community College has met the needs of a diverse student body while contributing to the economic vitality of Western New York. As a member of the state’s SUNY system, the three-campus college provides flexible, affordable and accessible educational programs in an accommodating academic environment. Equipped with the knowledge of these programs, ECC’s faculty, staff and students strive to enrich their host communities through skill, service and partnership.

Some highlights of ECC include:

  • #1 choice of Buffalo Niagara high school students
  • #1 choice of area veterans
  • Among the most affordable colleges in Western New York
  • 90% job placement and transfer rate
  • Transferable credits accepted by most national colleges and universities
  • Small class sizes 
  • Renowned teaching faculty
  • Over 300 partnerships with nationally renowned businesses
  • ECC is a member of the State University of New York (SUNY) System, and is fully accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Many of the professional curricula are also accredited by specialized agencies.

ECC offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs, focused on such high-demand fields as:

  • Bio manufacturing
  • Business Administration
  • Culinary Arts
  • CNC Precision Machining
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Environmental Science
  • Green Building Technology
  • Nanotechnology
  • Nursing

Associate degrees are offered in four academic areas:

  • Health Sciences
  • Business and Public Service
  • Engineering and Technologies
  • Liberal Arts

ECC offers superior scheduling flexibility:

  • Three campuses
  • Day, evening, and weekend classes, as well as winter and summer sessions
  • Distance learning opportunities, including more than 250 online courses

To help students achieve their goals, broad student support services are provided:

  • START orientation
  • Nationally recognized varsity sports at all three campuses
  • Child care at all campuses under the auspices of the Auxiliary Services Corporation
  • Tutorial and counseling services
  • Career Resource and Student Success centers 
  • Student organizations and clubs
  • Honors Program
  • Disabled Student Resource Center

As a leader in workforce development, ECC also provides extensive community services:

  • Corporate training
  • Community Services, including credit-free courses, as well as the Career and Success Training Program (CAST)
  • Welfare-to-Work networks with corporate partners
  • Driver Education

Working at Erie Community College 
Helping others achieve their educational goals is one of the most rewarding jobs. At Erie Community College, we have a passion for helping students succeed through individualized attention, quality academics and innovative thinking. If you share a passion for helping urban and international students succeed and enjoy a fast-paced, open and supportive culture, Erie Community College is the place for you.

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