Monday, August 1, 2011 marks a significant occasion in the history of Genesee Community College. Dr. James Sunser began his first full day as the fourth president of Genesee, following Dr. Stuart Steiner, who retired after 44 years of service to Genesee, including 36 years as president.
Dr. Sunser has served as a member of the staff of Onondaga Community College for 22 years, as Bursar (1989-1996), Vice President for Finance (1996-2004), and Vice President for Continuing and Extended Learning (2004-2011). Dr. Sunser is also an alumnus (1984) of Onondaga Community College.
Dr. Sunser was instrumental to a number of initiatives at Onondaga, including the construction of the Whitney Applied Technology Center, residence halls for 600 students, the creation of a Center for Workforce Development, and development of new degree programs in nuclear technology, sustainability, and overhead lineman studies. He is a recipient of the State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service (2000). Since 2004, he has served as a member of the adjunct faculty of Keuka College.
A native of Syracuse, Dr. Sunser also holds a B.S. degree from Syracuse University, a M.S. degree from SUNY College at Brockport, a Certificate of Advanced Study from the University of Rochester, and an Ed.D. degree from the University of Rochester.
Dr. Sunser is a well-known volunteer in the Syracuse-area community. Among his many volunteer commitments are service with the YMCA of Greater Syracuse's Education Advisory Board; Syracuse City School District's Construction Advisory Council; Education Committee of Central New York Works; American Red Cross; and Onondaga Stop DWI.
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