SUNY Appoints John “Jay” Quaintance Interim President of SUNY Sullivan

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The SUNY Board of Trustees has approved John “Jay” Quaintance as Interim President of Sullivan County Community College (SUNY Sullivan). Quaintance has been serving as the college’s Officer in Charge since July 28. His appointment is effective for one year or until a permanent president is appointed.

John “Jay” Quaintance, newly appointed Interim President of SUNY Sullivan

“Having worked directly with Jay Quaintance for several years, I can say – without question – that his time as interim president of Sullivan County Community College will greatly benefit the college’s students, faculty, and staff as well as the local community,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “Jay is a higher education professional of the highest caliber, and we are grateful to him for taking on this interim leadership role of SCCC.”

“The SUNY Sullivan Board of Trustees is extremely pleased to have someone with Jay’s expertise, experience and political acumen leading SUNY Sullivan for the next 12 months,” added board chairperson Dr. Terry Hamlin. “This is an exciting time not only for the college but for our county as well.”

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. 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.  

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.

“I would like to thank the SUNY Sullivan Board of Trustees and the SUNY Board of Trustees for their support,” said Quaintance. “I look forward to working with the faculty and staff of SUNY Sullivan and our partners in the community in the coming year to ensure that the College maintains its history of excellence during this time of transition.”

Quaintance received both his Bachelor of Arts in English and his Master of Arts in rhetoric and the teaching of writing from New Mexico State University.