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Jefferson Announces Finalists Candidates for College Presidency

Following an extensive review of applicants and interviews with semifinalists, the Presidential Search Committee for Jefferson Community College has recommended to the Board of Trustees four finalist candidates for the presidency of the College.  Following is an alphabetical list and brief bio on each finalist.  The candidates will visit the campus for final interviews the week of March 20, 2017.

Maureen H. Powers
Dr. Maureen Powers has served in several senior academic leadership roles, most recently as the Dean of Students at Plymouth University in the UK.  She previously served as Vice President for Student Affairs at The City College of New York in Harlem and at Saint Leo University in Florida, and as the Dean of Students at Stanford University in California. Since returning from the UK in 2015, Dr. Powers is an executive consultant for several organizations including to the President of Emmanuel College in Boston for strategic planning and retention. Dr. Powers holds a PhD in higher education from Indiana University, an MA in urban affairs from Saint Louis University and a BA in government from Georgetown University.   Dr. Powers will visit campus Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Schedule for Campus Visit - Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Dione D. Somerville
Dr. Dione Somerville is currently the Vice President for Student Affairs at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. Prior to her position at Bloomsburg, she served as Dean of Students at Iowa State University, Director for Enrollment Services/Registrar at Lorain County Community College and Director of Student Affairs and Services at Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. Dr. Somerville holds a PhD in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania, a MA in college student personnel from Bowling Green State University and a BA in English/writing from Ohio Northern University.  Dr. Somerville will visit campus Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Schedule for Campus Visit - Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Ty A. Stone
Dr. Ty Stone is currently Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio. She has been with Sinclair Community College since 2010 and has previously served as Vice President for Business Operations and Director of Business Services. Prior to joining Sinclair, Dr. Stone served as CFO/Director of Business Operations for the YWCA in Dayton and as assistant professor of business studies at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio.   Dr. Stone holds a PhD in organization and management from Capella University, an MBA from Trinity University, and a BS in business administration from Columbia Union College.  She is a veteran of the United States Air Force, where she served as an Air Traffic Controller in the UK.  Dr. Stone will visit campus Monday, March 20, 2017

Schedule for Campus Visit - Monday, March 20, 2017

Rebekah S. Woods
Dr. Rebekah Woods currently serves as the Provost of Jackson College in Jackson, Michigan. She joined Jackson College in 2010 and previously served as Executive Dean of Instruction, Dean of Instruction and Special Assistant to the President. Prior to Jackson College, Dr. Woods served as the Dean for Student and Academic Support and Strategic Enrollment Management at Lansing Community College in Lansing, Michigan. Dr. Woods holds a PhD in organizational leadership from Regent University School of Business & Leadership, a JD from Regent University School of Law and a BA in psychology from Albion College. Dr. Woods will visit campus, Thursday, March 23, 2017.

Schedule for Campus Visit - Thursday, March 23, 2017

At this juncture, the work of the Presidential Search Committee to fulfill its charge has successfully concluded. "This was a significant commitment on the part of each committee member who contributed a great deal of time, energy and expertise to the search for Jefferson’s next leader,” said Michael W. Crowley, chair of search committee. "I would like to thank and commend the committee members for their outstanding effort and dedication to this community’s college.”   

The search committee was appointed by the Board of Trustees in October of last year. The Board also retained the services of R.H. Perry & Associates, specifically senior consultants Jesse M. Thompson and Elizabeth J. Rocklin, to assist the College with the search for its next president. Thirty applications were received of which ten semi-finalist candidates were interviewed by the search committee on March 2 and 3.

The final selection of Jefferson’s 6th president rests with the Board of Trustees which will then forward their selection to the SUNY Board of Trustees for SUNY’s approval in May.

Questions concerning Jefferson's Presidential Search may be directed to Michael W. Crowley, chair of the Presidential Search Committee, at  Additional information on each candidate is also available on Jefferson's website