New Leadership for GCC in Orleans County

Genesee Community College is pleased to announce Jim Simon will be the associate dean overseeing the Orleans County campus centers in Albion and Medina.

Batavia, New York—Genesee Community College is pleased to announce Jim Simon will be the associate dean overseeing the Orleans County campus centers in Albion and Medina. Michele Bokman will be the new director of operations assisting the dean with day-to-day operations in both locations.

The Albion Campus Center was established in 1990. Steadily increasing enrollment resulted in the addition of the Medina Campus Center in 2007. Since then, many aspects of these two campus centers have been approached in a collaborative manner—from a combined advisory council to joint faculty development. Looking ahead, a combined leadership team will be dedicated to providing a holistic approach of “one vision in two locations” with the goal of enhancing academic programming options for students.

Jim has been the dean of the Medina campus for five years. Prior to that, he taught history at the College for two years. Jim came to GCC after an aviation career in the U.S. Air Force. He has a Master’s degree in History from the University of Utah, a Bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy and also attended Erie Community College. He grew up in Buffalo and has been a resident of Orleans County since 2005.

Michele has been with the College since 2004 as an academic advisor in the Albion Campus Center and as an adjunct Career and Educational Planning instructor. She recently completed a Master’s degree in Liberal Studies from The College at Brockport. Michele has a Bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University and has worked extensively in the business world in project management and human resources. With the exception of time spent living in many locations, including France, Michele has been a life-long resident of Orleans County.

Orleans County has been and will continue to be an important service area for Genesee Community College. The College prides itself on serving students with higher education opportunities close to home and with building community partnerships. It welcomes people to visit either campus center for a tour or for career and academic advisement. GCC Albion is located at 456 West Ave., Albion, NY 14411. Contact the Albion Campus by phone at (585) 589-4936. GCC Medina is located at 11470 Maple Ridge Rd., Medina, NY 14103, (585) 798-1688.

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