John Quaintance Appointed Officer in Charge

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The SUNY Sullivan Board of Trustees today voted on leadership changes affecting both the college’s administration and governance. John “Jay” Quaintance was appointed Officer in Charge, effective July 28. Quaintance has served as Assistant Secretary for Education in the Office of New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo since September 2014, where his work has included Statewide P-12 and Higher Education budget, policy development, and implementation.

Jay Quaintance, Assistant Secretary for Education under Governor Cuomo, becomes Officer in Charge of SUNY Sullivan

Also at today’s meeting, which included the board’s annual reorganization, Dr. Terry Hamlin was elected to serve as Chairperson. The remaining slate of officers includes Steven D. Drobysh as Vice Chair, Susan Jaffe as Treasurer and Patricia Adams as Secretary.

With Quaintance’s appointment, the Interim Leadership Transition Team that has been in place at SUNY Sullivan since June 1 will be disbanded on July 28. “Many thanks go to the Transition Team,” said Dr. Hamlin. “The hard work that Vice President Robert Schultz, Associate Vice President Stephen Mitchell and Professor Mary Sudol have done this summer was instrumental in keeping the operations of the college flowing smoothly.”

Prior to joining the Governor’s staff, Quaintance served as Assistant Vice Chancellor and Assistant Provost for Community College Policy and Planning at the State University of New York.   In that role he provided system support to the 30 SUNY community colleges for the implementation of the SUNY strategic plan. His portfolio included coordinating efforts to advance many of SUNY’s critical efforts within the community college sector to ensure student access and success with a focus largely on improving outcomes in the areas of college readiness, remediation reform, and workforce and workplace development.

Quaintance also brings with him 18 years of higher education experience in New York and New Mexico.  He has served as the Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs at Schenectady County Community College where he oversaw the college’s retention and enrollment management efforts.  At Schenectady he also served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Developmental Studies, taught developmental writing, and oversaw the developmental education program.  Additionally, he led college level curriculum development and alignment for Schenectady Smart Scholars Early College High School. 

Jay’s breadth and depth of experience with regard to higher education administration, specifically with strategic planning, enrollment management and student success, are the perfect combination needed to move SUNY Sullivan forward,” said Hamlin.

Hamlin is the Associate Executive Director at The Center for Discovery, a premier specialty center for children and adults with complex developmental disabilities including autism spectrum disorders, medical frailty and other rare disorders. She has been active in the field of education for more than 33 years, and is the author of the recently published book, “Autism and The Stress Effect” – a guide for parents and teachers to help children with autism regulate their experiences to reduce the debilitating effects of stress.

She graduated from Liberty Central School District and received her doctorate in Education from St. John’s University, Master’s Degree from Columbia University, and a certificate of advanced study, post-masters in Educational Administration and Supervision from State University New York at New Paltz. She also holds a certificate as Teacher of the Visually Impaired from Dominican College and a certificate as an integrative nutrition coach.