A new president would be joining SCCC at a time of looming state education cuts.
"This is a trying time, and finding someone who isn't afraid of what's happening on the state level, somebody who isn't going to be scared off by the fact that we're not going to see as many state dollars flowing into any SUNY institutions, including community colleges," said Denise Murphy McGraw, vice president of the board of trustees.
"I think that the people we've talked to, they see it as an opportunity, and they're not scared off by it," said McGraw.
The college is looking for someone who will be able to serve in the long run. While officials consider who will be the best candidate for the position, they have appointed Dean Edward Baker as the acting president of the college starting Monday, Dec. 1.
"Given, if you will, almost the luxury we have of Dean Baker stepping in here, I think we want to make sure we chose the right individual for the job, and we would like to think that hopefully we get a fairly long run out of the next president," said Daley.
The college hopes to make its decision in the coming weeks. To learn more about the candidates, visit http://www.sunysccc.edu/presidential/presidentialsearch.htm.""