The Inauguration of Dr. Daniel J. Dupee, II
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The Inauguration of Dr. Daniel J. Dupee, II

March 15, 2024 at 2:00 P.M. / Sturtz Theater


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As we look to the future of higher education in the North Country, it is abundantly clear that Jefferson Community College will play an integral role in educating our Northern New York citizens now and into the future. Not only does Jefferson want to make sure we continue to provide the highest quality instruction in the academic programs we already offer, but Jefferson must meet our obligation to serve the workforce needs of our local employers.

In Northern New York right now, the demand for qualified skilled and highly trained workers exceeds supply in many key industries. To grow and strengthen the North Country’s economy, we must identify the employment needs of our local businesses, and then create educational programs to train and upskill local workers to meet those needs.

Employment education is a priority for the State University of New York (SUNY) and for Jefferson’s new president, Dr. Daniel Dupee, II. That is why on March 15th at his inauguration, Dr. Dupee announced the Community Impact Fund for Career Education.

By creating the Community Impact Fund for Career Education, funds will be available to work in conjunction with state funding each year to allow Jefferson the ability and flexibility to quickly develop educational programming that is responsive to the immediate needs of the Northern New York workforce. Many of these programs are outside of traditional credit-bearing classes, so funding for institutions and students can be challenging. The “Community Impact Fund” will be available to underwrite the start-up costs of these programs such as retrofitting classrooms, purchasing equipment, and finding appropriately trained instructors, as well as to assist students who cannot afford to pay out of pocket for specific career training.

Jefferson already has an impressive track record of success in workforce training in a variety of local industries. For example, in 2023 Jefferson graduated 53 nurses, 27 phlebotomists, 6 pharmacy technicians and 5 CDL drivers, all of whom are now in the workforce.  Currently, Jefferson is partnering with Mohawk Valley Community College to provide education and training for surgical technologists., Next year, Jefferson plans to launch a registered dental hygienists program in partnership with Monroe Community College and the North Country Family Health Center.

By training and educating those who call the North Country home, along with transitioning soldiers and their families who also currently call the North Country home, we can reduce industry “brain drain” and make Northern New York an even more vibrant and viable community. However, for this initiative to be a success, it will take a community-wide effort. This is why Dr Dupee plans to partner with his community friends and businesses to raise funds in support of this important initiative.

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Inauguration of Dr. Daniel J. Dupee, II
Seventh President of Jefferson Community College
March 15, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. / Sturtz Theater
McVean Student Center, Building 4

The Inauguration Ceremony will take place in the Sturtz Theater located in the McVean Student Center (Building 4).  Parking will be available in Lots C and D.   If you enter the building through the canopied entrance off Lot D, proceed through the Commons, up one flight of stairs and turn to your right through the student lounge to find the Sturtz Theater.  If you use the entrance to the Student Center located off the Clock Tower Quad, the Sturtz Theater is to your left.  Jefferson staff bearing “USHER” nametags will be on hand to assist and provide direction.

The Inauguration Ceremony is expected to last approximately 75-90 minutes.  The reception will follow immediately in the Jules Center Commons located on the lower level of the Jules Center.

Sturtz Theater doors open at 1:15 p.m.

The Inauguration Ceremony will be streamed on  The link will be available at 1:45 p.m.

Hospitality Room / Campus Tours - 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

If you are in Watertown earlier in the day, we invite you to stop by the Walker Instructional Dining Room, Room 4-009, Bldg. 4, just off the Jules Center Commons (across from the Campus Bookstore). We will have refreshments available beginning at 11:00 a.m. and students and College staff will be on hand to offer you a tour of the campus or information about the Watertown area.  A light lunch will also be available from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Academic Procession

For those marching in the Academic Procession, robing will begin at 1:00 p.m., in the Walker Instructional Dining Room, Room 4-009, Bldg. 4, just off the Jules Center Commons (across from the Bookstore) in Building 4.  Robing assistance will be provided.   At 1:30 p.m., Faculty Marshals Jack Donato and Cynthia Lonsbary will assist with the line-up of the processional in the Jules Center Commons.  The Marshals will lead the Academic Procession at 1:55 p.m

Members of the Stage Party

Members of the Stage Party will robe in Room 6-118 of the Jules Center beginning at 1:00 p.m. Robing assistance will be available.   The Stage Party will begin to line up at 1:40 p.m. and Karen Freeman will assist with the order of march.  At 1:55 p.m., the Stage Party will join the Academic Procession at the top of the stairs in the Jules Center Commons.  A memo with specific details regarding the Stage Party order of march will be sent to members of the Stage Party on March 13.

Campus Map / Travel Information

Interactive Campus MapPhone with Campus Map on screen
Printable Campus Map
Directions for traveling to campus by car, bus, train or plane.

There are a number of franchise hotels within 3 miles of the Jefferson campus. The Hilton Garden Inn, located less than 2 miles from campus, has rooms with special rates for Inauguration guests, both State employees and friends/family.  Guests may register online using the links below or may call the hotel directly to make a reservation, 315-788-1234.  Guests calling the front desk should be sure to state that they have a “group rate” and reference their appropriate group name (as indicated below).

Group Name: JCC Inauguration with Breakfast Included
Group SRP Code: JC2


Group Name: SUNY Employees (ID Required at Check-in)    
Group SRP Code: JC1 


QUESTIONS?  Call Karen Freeman, 315-786-2404 or email

Dr. Dan Dupee

Dr. Daniel J. Dupee II

At its June 6, 2023 meeting, the State University of New York (SUNY) Board of Trustees appointed Dr. Daniel J. Dupee, II, as the seventh president of Jefferson Community College. He has served as Jefferson’s Administrator-in-Charge since June 2022 and, prior to that appointment, he was the College’s Executive Vice President of Administration, Finance and Enrollment Services. Dr. Dupee’s tenure as College President began June 7, 2023.  He holds a doctorate in higher education administration from Northeastern University, a certificate of advanced study in educational leadership from LeMoyne College, master’s and bachelor’s degrees in business administration from Columbia College, and an associate’s in humanities and social sciences from Onondaga Community College.  In addition, he completed the League for Innovation Executive Leadership Institute in 2019, the SUNY Executive Leadership program in 2013, and the Jefferson Leadership Institute in 2012.

Dr. Dupee brings a breadth of professional experience in the higher education, p-12 education and for-profit sectors.  He has spent the last 16 years of his career in progressive leadership roles at Jefferson Community College. Prior to joining Jefferson, Dr. Dupee worked in the private sector for National Grid and the Carrier Corporation and also for the Mexico Academy & Central School as executive director of management services. Additionally, he has periodically taught as an adjunct instructor for SUNY Potsdam, LeMoyne College, Columbia College and Jefferson Community College.  Strategic partnerships with community organizations and other educational institutions are at the core of Dr. Dupee’s management approach. He places great emphasis on serving students well, most notably in streamlining processes to remove barriers and improve access to education.

Dr. Dupee is a member of the NYS Community College Business Officers Association (CCBOA) and served as the organization’s president for three years. He currently serves on the Faculty Student Association (FSA) Board of Directors, the Jefferson Faculty Student Association Auxiliary Board of Managers, and Center for Community Studies Advisory Board. He previously served on the JCC Foundation Board of Directors, SUNY Joint Committee on Recharge Model for Core University Services and SUNY’s Student Information and Campus Administrative System Center Executive Committee.  Most recently, Dr. Dupee was one of four SUNY presidents selected to work on community college enrollment initiatives with the SUNY Deputy to the Chancellor for Enrollment.

Locally, Dr. Dupee supports numerous community organizations and currently serves on the board of directors for the North Country Family Health Center. He previously served on the General Brown Central School District Board including five years as vice president, and on the Jefferson County Historical Society Board of Directors with four years as treasurer.  A North Country native, Dr. Dupee is also a graduate of Watertown (NY) High School.  Dr. Dupee was named one of Northern New York’s 20 under 40 Emerging Leaders in 2011 by NNY Business magazine.  

Read more on Dr. Dupee’s appointment.