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Weir Retires After 40 Years of Service

Dean for Enrollment Rosanne N. Weir will retire after 40 years of dedicated service to Jefferson Community College. Throughout her career, Weir was committed to college opportunity, accessibility and affordability for students in Jefferson and Lewis counties.

Starting as the College’s first admissions counselor in 1977, Weir assisted prospective students with educational planning and the admissions process. She quickly mastered college admissions and her position expanded to include financial aid counseling. In 1989, the State University of New York recognized Weir as Jefferson Community College’s first recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service.

Promoted to Admissions Director in 1989, Weir developed a successful, effective college recruitment and outreach campaign. As a member of the Jefferson-Lewis Association for Counseling and Development, Weir forged close professional relationships with regional school counselors to assist local students in pursuit of post-secondary education and introduced the College is Possible initiative. College is Possible sought to raise aspirations of first generation students and their families and to increase higher education achievement rates. Through campus events and school visitations, Jefferson partnered with local school districts to raise student awareness of financial and educational opportunities.

As a director, Weir was a leader of several major enrollment initiatives including an Academic Advising Taskforce to create an advising center for year-round student advising, an Adult Learner Committee to increase flexible learning opportunities for non-traditional students, and a white-paper to identify advantages and barriers to international student recruitment. She also was the driving force behind eliminating the admissions application fee to reduce financial barriers for prospective students and improve application processing time.

Ms. Weir was a career member of the SUNY College Admissions Professionals (SUNYCAP) organization to network with admissions staff across the system. These relationships have led to fruitful partnerships such as the innovative Start Now program with SUNY Oswego. As part of this program, over 30 well-qualified New York City students have started their post-secondary education at Jefferson Community College and will transfer seamlessly to Oswego. In 2008 SUNYCAP recognized Rosanne with the Admissions Profession Award for service to the State University of New York, SUNYCAP and the Admissions Profession.

In 2015 Rosanne was appointed Jefferson Community College’s Dean of Enrollment for the newly structured Enrollment Services area combining admissions, financial aid, student accounts, new student advising and student records. Enrollment Services will serve as a single point of entry for incoming students and streamline the enrollment process. Located on the Jules Center ground level, the newly renovated location will open in late March 2017 and it is a physical representation of the Enrollment Services team efforts under Weir. The Dean will oversee the opening and transition before she retires.

Active with the North Country Reads literacy initiative, Weir was a steering committee member for the ‘one community, one book’ project to encourage shared reading and literature discussion across the region. North Country Reads was a collaborative project developed by Flower Memorial Library, Jefferson Community College and North Country Public Radio.

Rosanne looks forward to her retirement and spending time with her family, including her husband, Jim LaPlante, son, Marshall Weir and his wife Sarah and their four children, Adelaide, George, Frances and Philomena.