Loch Sheldrake, NY —SUNY Sullivan is pleased to announce Marc Singer as the College’s new vice president for academic and student affairs. Singer is the former dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies at Golden Gate University in San Francisco. He has a strong background in distance learning, assessment of prior learning for credit, and pedagogy and has helped create work-ready programs that integrate student services using flexible delivery models—online, in- person, and hybrid.
“Community colleges play a crucial role in our communities, and this is the moment for us to shine and to take a leadership role in preparing the workforce and citizenry that we will need in the future,” said Singer. “SUNY Sullivan’s goals align with my own sense of mission, which comes from my own experience as a first-generation college student.”
Singer began his tenure at SUNY Sullivan Monday, February 14, and replaces Lawrence Weill who had been serving as interim vice president for academic and student affairs.
“We are very excited to have Marc Singer join the SUNY Sullivan family,” said SUNY Sullivan President Jay Quaintance. “Marc has worked to develop programs, services, and policies that make learning accessible, relevant, and meaningful. He has a strong history of collaboration with faculty, other deans, and internal stakeholders such as the marketing, enrollment, and student service units, as well as with external partners.”
Singer holds an EdD in Distance Education from Athabasca University, Alberta, Canada, a MPhil in American Studies from New York University, a MA in American Studies from the University of Alabama, and a BA in English/American Civilization from Oberlin College, Ohio.
“I am excited about coming to work at an institution that is so connected to its community, and so committed to making a difference in the lives of our students and the places they live,” said Singer. “I have found that sense of commitment in everyone I have met at SUNY Sullivan, and I look forward to joining them in the work they are doing.”
About Marc Singer
Marc Singer is the new vice president for academic and student affairs at SUNY Sullivan. He has spent most of his academic career working to improve educational options for nontraditional and adult learners. He has led programs and initiatives in the areas of online learning; integration of
student services and mentoring into the curriculum; prior learning assessment, including portfolio development and assessment; credit-by-exam programs; and the review of training programs, licenses, and certifications for college-level equivalency. Singer has also led efforts in the areas of competency-based education and the effective utilization of open educational resources. He has created partnerships and consortia to streamline and scale processes, strengthen standards, and provide greater flexibility and access to adult students. For seven years, he served as director and chair of the National Institute on the Assessment of Adult Learning. Singer was founding dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies at Golden Gate University in San Francisco. Prior to that, he was vice provost, Center for the Assessment of Learning, at Thomas Edison State University in Trenton, NJ. Previously, he led academic initiatives for the College Board’s College-Level Examination Program and other assessment programs; at Educational Testing Service, he was an assessment specialist responsible for the Advanced Placement US History and Human Geography programs, and was a program director for the PSAT/ NMSQT program.
Singer taught history and humanities at institutions in New Jersey and North Carolina for 12 years, and worked as a consultant in history for various museums and television networks, including ESPN Classic.
About SUNY Sullivan
SUNY Sullivan is the leader of innovative higher education and a catalyst for workforce development throughout the Sullivan Catskills and beyond. Our diverse community cultivates personal growth and professional advancement, preparing students for success in a sustainable and interconnected world. A forward-looking, top-tier community college in New York, SUNY Sullivan offers over 40 degree programs, certificates, and micro-credentials for learners at all levels of their educational goals. We value critical inquiry and creativity while supporting our students in a culture of inclusion and respect.