Genesee Community College is pleased to introduce Mr. Eric L. Skowronski as the new Associate Dean of the College's Lakeville Campus Center. Having officially begun his new position on Monday, March 6, 2006, Mr. Skowronski is now very much immersed in the day-to-day operations of the Lakeville Campus Center. He is also out exploring Livingston County, meeting numerous community members, and planning his relocation to the Lakeville / Avon area.
Skowronski is a native of Niagara Falls, New York and recently concluded eighteen years of full-time employment with Bryant & Stratton College of Buffalo where his most recent title was System Director of Continuing Education and Curriculum Development. During his tenure he also directed the Buffalo Market Center for Professional Advancement / Professional Skills Center, was a corporate leadership trainer certified by AchieveGlobal/Zenger Miller and DDI (Development Dimensions International), and taught in a diverse array of subject areas including marketing, advertising, economics, accounting, organizational behavior, operations management, business organization, as well as business law, writing, and math.
"In a field of eighty-plus applicants and among the twelve semifinalists we interviewed, Eric quickly rose to the top," Robert Knipe, dean of Learning Technologies and co-chair of the Search Committee said. "His combination of higher education experience, easy style, and desire to work with community college students and staff, made him a good match for Genesee."
Skowronski's teaching, training, and curriculum development skills are well aligned with a solid background in marketing and advertising. He co-authored Bryant & Stratton's accreditation and sesquicentennial commemorative booklets, produced a companion sesquicentennial DVD, and also served on numerous committees such as Middle States Accreditation Steering Committee, Banner Implementation Team, and Customer Relationship Management Implementation Team.
"In the past month, many people have asked me why I wanted to join Genesee Community College as an associate dean. My answer has been consistent and from the heart. I want to get back to the frontline of post-secondary education and work directly with students, faculty, staff, and the community in which the campus thrives. It has been a privilege devoting the last eighteen years of my career to education, and I am looking forward to getting back to a core level of responsibility that directly links students with teaching and learning outcomes." Skowronski earned his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism in 1984 from the State University of New York College at Buffalo with a concentration in Advertising and Public Relations.
"At Buffalo State College, I learned the value of becoming involved in campus activities, taking internship opportunities seriously, and connecting with people," Skowronski recalls. "Studying was important, but I also appreciated how much more there was to the educational experience." His graduate studies at Syracuse University broadened his horizons, he remembers. While earning his Masters degree in Business Administration, he explored coursework outside of his major in marketing. "I discovered the field of organizational change and development, and I'm convinced that this is where my passion for education and training was ignited. And, by the way, I also remember that my favorite professors were the tough ones who challenged me and encouraged me to do better." Skowronski joined the faculty at Bryant & Stratton in 1987, teaching various courses from accounting to business correspondence to operations management. He also embraced various aspects of nonacademic campus life by advising the student business club, which steadily built a large enough cash reserve for social activities, as well as adopted a local not-for-profit organization - always encouraging his students to give something back to the community. He also taught briefly at Erie Community College as adjunct faculty. The vision Skowronski has for the Lakeville Campus Center is for it to be a dynamic source of education and training for any person interested in learning regardless of age or background, and to make the Center a focal point for the whole community.
Outside his academic career, Skowronski enjoys collecting and dealing in antiques, railroading, and bicycling. He hopes to relocate to Livingston County this spring or summer.
The screening committee for the associate dean of the Lakeville Campus Center included co-chair Robert Knipe, dean of Learning Technologies at Genesee Community College; Maxine Long, professor of English, Barb McAdoo, secretary at Lakeville Campus Center; Tom Lynch, adjunct faculty member; Kristin Yunker, director of Finance; Joseph Bailey, director of Financial Aid; Patty Chaya, associate dean of Warsaw Campus Center; and Cynthia Oswald, director of the Livingston County Chamber of Commerce.
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Editor's Note: A photograph of Eric L. Skowronski, associate dean of the Lakeville Campus Center is available at the following Internet location: http://marketing.genesee.edu/images/eric_skowronski_2.jpg