Virginia Taylor Named Vice President of Student and Enrollment Services at Genesee

Virginia Taylor Named Vice President of Student and Enrollment Services at Genesee
Dr. Virginia M. Taylor, Dean of Enrollment Management at Genesee Community College, has been named Vice President of Student and Enrollment Services, effective July 17, after a nationwide search. Dr. Taylor will replace Dr. George W. Walker, who is retiring after 20 years of service to the College.

Dr. Taylor, a longtime Orleans County resident, has served as Dean of Enrollment Management since 1999. In her position, she has been responsible for the College’s admissions office and enrollment management initiatives, financial aid, and a variety of student support services. Prior to her arrival at Genesee, she served in a variety of positions at Niagara Community College (1986 – 1999) and Niagara University (1981- 1985). Dr. Taylor holds an A.A. degree from Niagara County Community College, B.A. and M.S. degrees from Niagara University, and a Ph.D. degree from the University at Buffalo.

As Vice President for Student and Enrollment Services, Dr. Taylor will be responsible for the leadership of non-instructional student services and co-curricular activities at Genesee. Her responsibilities include oversight of student activities programming, intercollegiate athletics, admissions and enrollment management, financial aid and veterans services, health services, child care, career and transfer counseling, academic advisement, the Adult Educational Opportunity Center, the Center for Academic Progress, and student support services programs. 

The College conducted a national search for Dr. Walker’s successor. The search yielded a number of high-caliber candidates, according to President Stuart Steiner. “But in the end, Ginny’s broad experience, her insight and creativity, and her dedication to the community college movement in general and Genesee Community College in particular, made her the very best person for this challenging position,” he said.

[Editor’s Note: Please contact Donna Rae Sutherland for a photograph of Dr. Taylor.]

A number of new faculty and staff members will join Genesee Community College this fall as the result of retirements and vacancies. They include:

  • Heath Bartel, Instructor of Fine Arts. Mr. Bartel, a painter and sculptor, has taught at SUNY Fredonia, The University at Buffalo, Buffalo State College, Daemen College, Villa Maria College, and Niagara County Community College. His work has recently been exhibited at the Mainsite Gallery in Norman, Oklahoma and the Ruby Green Contemporary Art Center in Nashville. Mr. Bartel holds a B.A. degree from Buffalo State College and a M.F.A. degree from the University at Buffalo.

  • Connie Boyd, Director of Human Services Programs. Ms. Boyd is well known in the Genesee-Livingston-Orleans-Wyoming region for her thirty years’ work with area human service agencies. She has served as co-executive director of the YWCA of Genesee County, Director of the Genesee County Office for the Aging, and as a member of Genesee’s adjunct faculty for many years. She served as a member of the Genesee County Legislature from 1996 to 2001. She holds an A.A. degree from Genesee Community College, and B.A. and M.P.A. degrees from SUNY at Brockport.

  • Tong Cheng, Instructor of Biology and Biotechnology. Dr. Cheng has taught at Nazareth College, the University of Rochester, and Wuhan University in China. She will be a key faculty member in the College’s new Biotechnology Program, to be launched in September 2007.  Dr. Cheng holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from Wuhan University and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

  • Moi (Maureen) Dugan, Instructor of Ceramics and 3-D Design.  Ms. Dugan has taught at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island and has offered pottery and art instruction in her private studio to individuals of all ages for more than 15 years. She holds a B.A. degree from SUNY Cortland and a M.F.A. degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

  • Vincent Elliott, Theatre Technician. Mr. Elliott has taught at Lander University in Greenwood, South Carolina. He holds a B.F.A. degree from the University of Memphis and a M.F.A. degree from Southern Illinois University.

  • Ruth Gliss, Instructor of Nursing. Ms. Gliss has more than twenty years experience in the nursing field.  She has taught at Trocaire College, responsible for hospital clinical instruction and nursing practice labs. She has worked as a medical case coordinator for Utica National Insurance Group, and as a staff nurse/case manager and patient service manager with the Visiting Nursing Association of Western New York. She also worked as a staff nurse and nursing supervisor for several Buffalo-area hospitals. She is a certified case manager and a member of the Western New York Nurse Case Manager Network. She holds B.S. and M.S.N. degrees from D’Youville College.

  • James Goodwin, Instructor of Mathematics and Chemistry. Mr. Goodwin, a native of Australia, has taught at Southbank Institute in Brisbane, Australia, and at Waltham Forest College and Holy Family College in London, England. He has worked as an industrial chemist for Barkoola Environmental Corporation in Yatala, Australia and BP International in Middlesex, England. He holds a B.S. degree from Griffith University in Australia, a postgraduate diploma from the University of Queensland, and is nearing completion of an M.A.S. degree from Queensland University.

  • D. Christiaan McDougal, Instructor of Sociology. Mr. McDougal has taught at several colleges in Alabama, including Bevill State Community College, Jefferson State Community College, Central Alabama Community College, the University of Montevallo, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has served as a Phi Theta Kappa honor society advisor. He holds an A.A. degree from Georgia Perimeter College, a B.A. degree from Georgia State University, and a M.A. degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

  • Stephanie Richardson, Instructor of English. Ms. Richardson has taught at Daemen College, Niagara County Community College, Union College, and the University at Albany. She has also worked as a writing coach and trainer, and has taught distance learning courses to high school seniors.  She holds a B.A. degree from the University at Buffalo, and is nearing completion of her Ph.D. degree from the University at Albany.