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On Friday, May 18th, SUNY Sullivan will hold the inauguration of its seventh President, Jay Quaintance. Alluding to his commitment to sustainability in all its forms, the inauguration’s theme will be “Planting the Seeds for a Sustainable Future”, and will be preceded by a Sustainability Symposium emceed by the College’s Interim Director of Sustainability, Larry Reeger.

About Jay Quaintance

Jay Quaintance, 7th President of SUNY Sullivan.

Jay Quaintance was appointed President of SUNY Sullivan in June 2017, where he served as both Acting President and Officer in Charge during the prior year. Before joining SUNY Sullivan, Jay served as Assistant Secretary for Education in the Office of New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, where his work included Statewide P-12 and Higher Education budget, policy development, and implementation.

He also served as Assistant Vice Chancellor and Assistant Provost for Community College Policy and Planning at the State University of New York.

“SUNY Sullivan has been searching for someone who was much more than an academic; we needed a President who was intellectually and politically nimble given the current state of our nation, our state, and our county,” said SUNY Sullivan Board Chairperson Dr. Terry Hamlin upon Jay’s appointment as president.

“Our college and our county are in an unprecedented time of growth and opportunity, and we are not going to let it pass us by,” Hamlin added. “We wanted a president who could immediately engage in partnerships, both public and private; a president who could effectively, and with remarkable energy and enthusiasm, represent us at any table he or she found themselves sitting at. Jay met every aspect our criteria, from being fiscally astute and politically savvy, to being intelligent, caring, and likeable,” she added.

Jay has a long history of working with community colleges, beginning with his assignments in the field of student services, where he served as an instructor in Upward Bound and then as the director of TRIO Student Support Services. In addition, he has worked as an instructor, department chair, and assistant dean of academic affairs at the community college level.

Jay 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.

The Inauguration

Beginning at 12:30pm in SUNY Sullivan’s Seelig Theater, the Inauguration is open to the public. Attendees are asked to RSVP to Maura Caycho in the President’s office at (845) 434-5750, ext. 4261.

In addition to the event’s centerpiece, Jay Quaintance’s Inaugural Address, a number of other leaders and representatives will take part, with remarks scheduled from Hon. Aileen Gunther, 100th Assembly District; Luis Alvarez, Chair, Sullivan County Legislature; Pierre Laroche, Vice President of Student Learning, Eastern New Mexico University – Ruidoso Branch Community College; Dr. Theresa Hamlin, Chair, SUNY Sullivan Board of Trustees; Johanna Duncan-Poitier, Senior Vice Chancellor for Community Colleges and Education Pipeline, State University of New York; and more.


The Inauguration is made possible by the support of a number of local businesses. The day’s official sponsor is Marshall & Sterling Insurance. Founded in 1864, Marshall & Sterling provides insurance for business, home, auto, life, group benefits, wealth management and loss control. A 100% employee-owned company, Marshall & Sterling is ranked among the largest independent insurance agencies in the United States.

Additional support comes from Mullally Tractor Sales, who have donated the use of two Gators to provide tours of the Hope Farm, and Sullivan Dining Services (otherwise known as Chartwells).