President of SUNY Sullivan Resigns
In executive session at the April 21st board meeting, the SUNY Sullivan Board of Trustees accepted Dr. Karin Hilgersom’s letter of resignation as president, effective May 31, 2016.
Trustee Chairman Russ Heyman praised Dr. Hilgersom for her numerous achievements while at SUNY Sullivan including, but not limited to, negotiating a successful end to a protracted five-year contract with faculty and staff, creating an updated strategic plan with a focus on excellence and completion, achieving an increase in county funding that had been flat for six consecutive years, maximizing SUNY matching funds to renovate several key areas of the campus physical plant, making it more attractive and user-friendly for students, including a state-of-the-art chemistry lab that boasts environmentally conscious features.
Notably, Dr. Hilgersom was instrumental in furthering the institution’s efforts to create a sustainable campus by working tirelessly to help create a 2-Megawatt solar array and in order to promote student engagement, Hilgersom revived college theatre offerings.
Hilgersom stated that she has thoroughly enjoyed working with the excellent faculty and staff at the college, and the many caring and supportive trustees and community members, but that Sullivan County has not proven to be a good fit for her family.
“Dr. Hilgersom has left us a strong base to move forward in a changing county and we wish her and her family the very best. With new businesses and economic opportunities, SUNY Sullivan is poised, prepared and eager to advance its programs in support of those who live and work in our County,” added Heyman.