Genesee's Dr. Virginia Taylor Wins Bernice Poss Award

Genesee Community College is proud to announce vice president for Student and Enrollment Services, Dr. Virginia (Ginny) Taylor has received the 2009 Bernice Poss Award. This award is awarded by the Western New York Network for Women Leaders in Higher Education to women in higher education who exemplify noteworthy involvement in organizing and planning activities for the advancement of women professionals, commitment to and participation in community services and programs for women, and professionalism: support for colleagues and compassion in her own daily conduct.

Since August 1999, Virginia Taylor has been employed at Genesee Community College. She was first hired to serve as the dean of Enrollment Management and was promoted to vice president for Student and Enrollment Services in July 2006. Prior to this, Ginny spent almost 15 years at Niagara County Community College and four years at Niagara University. As a higher education administrator, Ginny has had the opportunity to serve in many interesting capacities. When working as a financial aid counselor, she also served as an admission representative and orientation associate. At NCCC she coordinated a very successful Woman in Technology program and spearheaded the integration of the College’s cooperative education and placement functions. In the 1990’s she was involved in three reform efforts – Welfare to Work, Tech Prep, and School to Work. In her last position at NCCC she was also able to work toward integrating the admission and financial aid into an enrollment services unit.

With over 25 years of experience in higher education, she has developed an in-depth understanding of the interests and needs of (community) college students. She has utilized this knowledge to secure grant funding for student services from the National Science Foundation, the New York State Education Department, the Niagara County Department of Social Services, and the Niagara County Department of Employment and Training. She also has been called on by the community to deliver over 75 presentations on topics ranging from financing a college education to serving non-traditional students, to college to recruitment and retention strategies for community college students.

Ginny has an Associate in Arts degree from Niagara County Community College, a Bachelor in Arts and a Masters in Science from Niagara University and a PhD from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

She is the recipient of the Business First Forty under Forty Award, the Eastern Niagara Chamber of Commerce Progress in Niagara Citation and in 1990 was inducted into the Niagara County Community College Distinguished Alumnus hall of fame.

Ginny currently resides in Lyndonville, NY with her husband, Jim.

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Editors Note: A photograph of Dr. Virginia Taylor is available at the following internet address