Genesee Community College is pleased to announce, dean of The BEST Center, Jerry Kozlowski has been named Associate Vice President for Workforce Development. The BEST Center at Genesee provides training, advising and small business consulting for local businesses. In his new role, Mr. Kozlowski will assume greater responsibility for administering customized workforce development programming and for maintaining a viable business plan to guide strategic and tactical planning in the growth of workforce development services. He will officially assume this new position July 1, 2010.
Kozlowski began his tenure at Genesee Community College in 2000 when he came on board as a faculty member in the business department. In 2002, he helped develop, found, and serve as dean of The BEST Center, (Business Employee Skills Training). In 2004, Kozlowski assumed the managerial role of Genesee’s network of campus centers, which included the construction and opening of a sixth location in Lima, in October 2009. As dean of Genesee’s six campus centers, he oversaw the delivery of academic programs in the four-county GLOW region (Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming) covering 2,400 square miles and a staff of over 30 people. This responsibility accounts for approximately one-quarter of the College’s total enrollment.
“At all community colleges, workforce development has become a key and expected component of the community college’s mission,” Dr. Stuart Steiner, president of Genesee said. “Our Board and local sponsors have certainly praised us for our success in this area, and we have the hope and expectation that we can continue to build on that success. Jerry is the ideal candidate to meet those new goals and secure the future success of The BEST Center.”
Kozlowski was the recipient of the prestigious State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service for academic year 2005 - 2006 recognizing his consistent leadership and outreach activities. Additionally, Jerry is a member of the Leadership Genesee Class of 2004, and serves on the following boards: New York State Liaison for the American Association of Community Colleges; Member-At-Large, GLOW Workforce Investment Board; Member, Genesee County Empire Zone Board; Member, Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) Economic Development Focus Group; and Vice Chair on the Board of Directors for the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce. He is also a former business columnist for The Daily News in Batavia, NY.
Kozlowski is a resident of Clarence Center, NY, an adjunct graduate school professor for Medaille College, a former executive of Tops Markets, Inc., and a retired officer of the U.S. Air Force with 25 years of service as a commander, instructor, speechwriter, and program manager.
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A photograph of Jerry Kozlowski is available at: http://marketing.genesee.edu/images/Jerry_Kozlowski.jpg