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Almonte Named Vice President of Academic Affairs at CCC

Monday, July 31, 2006

Paul Almonte, Ph.D., was officially appointed to the position of Vice President for Academic Affairs at Clinton Community College, effective July 17, 2006, following a nationwide search. Almonte fills the position held by the late Dr. James Brazil who served as VPAA at the College from 2001 through 2006.

As Vice President for Academic Affairs, Almonte will lead the academic initiatives of the College, oversee the faculty and all areas of teaching and learning, as well as administer the academic budget. He will have responsibility for all academic programs, information technology and library services, and continuing education. His leadership, as a member of the President’s Executive Team, will encompass other areas of administration, including continuous academic self study, strategic planning and institutional effectiveness.

Dr. Almonte comes to Clinton from Bergen Community College in Paramus, New Jersey where he was Dean of the Arts & Humanities Division. At Bergen, he had leadership responsibility for four departments, Arts & Communications, English, Philosophy & Religion, and World Languages & Cultures, with responsibilities for division-wide scheduling, budget, course offering and program review. While at BCC, he served on two separate Middle States Accreditation Self-Study teams, on the Advisory Board for the Center for Instructional Technology, as a member of the Administrative Management Team, and on the Strategic Planning Committee. He also served as the Curriculum and Teaching Chair for Bergen’s Center for the Study of Intercultural Understanding (a center formed after 9/11 to promote dialogue among disparate cultures and communities) and was co-founder of BCC’s Summer Academy in the Arts & Humanities for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students.

“Dr. Almonte’s solid academic foundations and broad community college and leadership experience, made him an excellent candidate for the position,” expressed President Hickey; “but it was his genuine enthusiasm and desire to promote the success of community college students and be a part of the community we serve that set him apart from the other applicants and earned him the position. Paul has only been on campus for a short time and he is already a contributing member of the Clinton Team!”

“As a graduate of SUNY-Binghamton, I’ve very much appreciated the SUNY system’s commitment to educational excellence,” said Almonte. ”I’ve also been honored to teach and work in the community college environment, and I look forward to joining the faculty and staff here at Clinton Community College in making a difference in the lives of our students.”

Dr. Almonte began his career at Salt Lake Community College, Salt Lake City, Utah, as an Associate Professor of English. While there, he served as Associate Director of its Faculty Teaching & Learning Center, taught for its London Study Abroad program, and served as Humanities Division Chair.

Dr. Almonte earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from SUNY-Binghamton in 1986, a Master of Arts degree from Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio in 1989, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from New York University, New York City, in 2001.

Clinton Community College is a comprehensive community college conveniently located off Route 9 in Plattsburgh, New York. Approximately 2,300 students attend the college known for its academically acclaimed programs in nursing, criminal justice, liberal arts, and technology. The College is proud of its academic excellence, low tuition, small classes, excellent teachers and facilities. A joint admissions program with Plattsburgh State University and a number of special 2+2 transfer agreements with other universities are two popular options available for Clinton students wishing to pursue a 4-year degree. For additional information, contact Admissions at (518) 562-4170, 800-552-1160, or visit: