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Garden City, NY --  At its May 3, 2017 meeting, the State University of New York (SUNY) Board of Trustees appointed Dr. Ty A. Stone, as the sixth president of Jefferson Community College.  Dr. Stone was selected by the Jefferson Community College Board of Trustees on March 30th and forwarded to the SUNY Board of Trustees for the final phase of the interview and appointment process.  Dr. Stone comes to Jefferson from Sinclair Community College, the third largest community college in Ohio, where she serves as Vice President for Strategic Initiatives.

Ty A. StoneTy A. StoneDr. Stone brings a breadth of professional experience in the higher education and non-profit sectors including in the areas of fiscal management, strategic planning, enrollment planning, instruction, human resources, technology, contract negotiations, fundraising and facilities management. Her collaborative management style is driven by a student’s first focus.  Dr. Stone’s appointment at Jefferson begins July 1, 2017.

“Dr. Stone brings strong leadership skills, a track record of data-based decision making and strategic planning successes, and a deep belief in the mission of community colleges,” said Jefferson Board of Trustees chair Terry N. Fralick. “The diversity of her professional experience is matched only by her steadfast focus on student success.  We are thrilled she will be bringing her enthusiasm to Jefferson Community College.” 

“From the first moment I visited Watertown, I understood just how important Jefferson Community College is to the area. Everyone I encountered had a wonderful story about the institution and what it meant to them,” said Dr. Stone.  “I am honored and privileged to join the Jefferson family and I look forward to working side-by-side with the students, faculty, staff and administration to continue to provide the wonderful educational opportunities the College brings to the community.”

“Dr. Stone is a proven champion for the students and campuses she has served, and is someone who looks to improve upon programs through partnership with business, industry, and community leaders,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “Her dedication to higher education will be a great benefit to the Jefferson Community College family.”

The Jefferson Board of Trustees began the search for Jefferson sixth president in July 2016, following current President Carole A. McCoy’s announcement of her intention to retire following the 2016-17 academic year.  The Trustees hired search consultant R.H. Perry & Associates to assist in the 7-month search process that culminated in four finalists visiting the Jefferson campus during the week of March 20th

“The search process attracted an outstanding pool of candidates from across the country to Jefferson Community College,” said Trustee and search committee chair Michael W. Crowley. “The search committee did an outstanding job in narrowing the pool to 12 semifinalists and then to the four finalists that were forwarded to the Board of Trustees and invited to visit campus.”

Dr. Stone, of Dayton, Ohio, holds a doctorate in organization and management from Capella University, a master’s in business administration from Trinity University, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Columbia Union College.  Additional professional development includes a conflict analysis and management certificate from Antioch University and participation in Harvard Law School’s Negotiation Institute in 2012, Leadership Dayton in 2010, the League of Innovation’s Executive Leadership Institute in 2015 and the Lakin Institute in 2016.  Additionally, she is a veteran of the United States Air Force where she served as an air traffic controller.

As Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at Sinclair Community College since 2016, Dr. Stone is responsible for advancing the college’s strategic master plan.  Sinclair serves nearly 40,000 credit and non-credit seeking students on five regional campuses, as well as over 6,000 online students.  The college has a total operating budget of $135 million and employs 3,000 full and part-time faculty and staff.  Dr. Stone launched Enrollment by Design, a first-of-its-kind initiative for Sinclair that brought together a cross-functional team of students, faculty and staff to explore practical solutions to address the college’s declining enrollments.  By leveraging innovative, integrated problem solving approaches, the team identified target populations for recruitment and ultimately reversed a 5-year trend in enrollment declines.  In addition, she collaborated with Academic Affairs to improve retention rates, expanded the prison education program, and established partnerships to support economic development efforts with the city of Dayton.

Dr. Stone first joined Sinclair Community College in 2010 as the director of business services responsible for the college’s Auxiliary Services Department, which included the bookstore, food service and parking services.  In 2012 she was promoted to Vice President for Business Operations with oversight of the College’s third largest division with 300 employees and a $31 million budget.  Dr. Stone was responsible for all programs and policies impacting capital budgeting, institutional technology, campus safety/security, contracts, auxiliary services, library services, and land acquisitions for the college.  In this role, Dr. Stone planned and managed a $5 million renovation of the college’s satellite campus, which resulted in the addition of 12 degree programs and increased capacity of 600 students. Moreover, Dr. Stone oversaw all aspects of the college’s $70 million, 90 day levy campaign for the largest and most critical areas in the region.

Prior to joining Sinclair Community College, Dr. Stone was director of business operations for YWCA of Dayton. As chief financial officer, Dr. Stone provided financial, technology, regulatory, and administrative oversight of the agency’s programs, services and business affairs.   She also served for four years as an assistant professor of undergraduate business studies at Central State University in Ohio where she was additionally appointed by Central State University as project director for the grant-funded Ohio Minority Health Institute. Here Dr. Stone forged partnerships with minority health organizations, created new programs and developed educational workshops.  From 2001 to 2004, Dr. Stone worked with the National SAFE Kids Campaign in Washington, DC as the assistant director of finance and administration.

In Ohio, Dr. Stone is involved in numerous community organizations and currently serves on the board of directors for the National Conference of Community & Justice of Dayton, the Mary Scott Nursing Home, the Minority Business Partnership Leadership Council and the Dayton Art Institute of which she is also treasurer.  Since 2012 she has served as judge on the Better Business Bureau Students of Integrity Scholarship Committee and is a member of the CEOS for Cities Mayor’s Committee for economic development. 

Dr. Stone and her husband Nelson, who is an assistant principal with Ponitz High School, have a daughter, Lauren, who attends Alabama State University in Montgomery, AL, and a son, Nelson, III, who is a junior in high school.  For nearly 10 years, Dr. Stone has served as an ambassador for Life Connection of Ohio, an organization whose mission has special significance for her in memory of her eldest child Steven.