"He is very effective as the college president, and he's one of the very best in the state," said Ruggeri, who will leave the board this summer. " He was the type of administrator that was firm but understated, and people respected him very much. They understood they had a terrific asset in his leadership."
Ruggeri said the board of trustees will create a search committee and will conduct a national search for Basil's successor. He said the college may or may not use an independent search firm to aid in the process.
"The board will most likely make a selection by the end of the year," said Ruggeri.
Basil said he hopes the next SCCC president will take the time to get to know the students, staff, faculty and city of Schenectady.
"They need to know what its is all about and what this community is all about," he said.
While Basil said he plans to travel and spend time with family in his retirement years, SCCC will remain in his thoughts.
"I'll continue to advocate for the college," said Basil. "I'll continue to help " to do anything I can."