SCCC Board of Trustees selects next President

Article Posted -- December 17, 2010

The SCCC Board of Trustees voted unanimously on December 16th to offer Dr. Paul Mazur the position of President of Sussex County Community College.  The Board hopes to finalize a contract with Dr. Mazur in the next couple of weeks and welcome him to campus sometime early next semester.

“The board is confident that we have selected an experienced, talented and dedicated community college educator to lead SCCC,” stated Jacob J. Smith, Chairman of the Board for SCCC.  “We believe President-elect Mazur will continue SCCC’s strong tradition of academic excellence.”

Mazur has a long experience in the Community College system serving most recently as the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at SUNY Adirondack Community College in Queensbury, NY. Among his accomplishments are enhancing support services to students, implementing a learning outcomes assessment plan and expanding college courses in the high schools. He also worked to develop the Regional Higher Education Center, a sustainable building using geothermal energy. His responsibilities include enrollment management and academic planning, continuing education and workforce development, the library, and a satellite educational center. He currently serves on the boards of the Adirondack Regional Business Incubator, the Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra and the Advisory Board of the Institute for Community College Development at Cornell University.

As the Dean of Liberal Arts from 1999 to 2006 at North Hennepin Community College (NHCC) in Minnesota, Dr. Mazur was responsible for A.A., A.F.A., and A.S. degree programs. He increased enrollments, created flexible scheduling formats, and developed a successful partnership with the University of Minnesota that created a guaranteed pathway for transfer. He also facilitated the strategic planning process and helped plan and develop the Center for Liberal Arts and Learning Resource Center buildings.

As a faculty member at NHCC from 1987 to 1999 Paul taught courses in political science and Russian language. He was awarded an Excellence in Teaching medal for his creative approaches to teaching and learning. He served as Social Sciences Division Coordinator and led the effort to move the college from quarters to semesters. He was also very active in the faculty association, having been twice elected its local President; and he was a lobbyist for the Minnesota Community College Faculty Association, advocating for operational and capital funding.

Paul Mazur earned his doctorate in public administration from Hamline University, a master’s degree in international affairs from Johns Hopkins University, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Pittsburgh. He participated in the League for Innovation Executive Leadership Institute and the first American Association of Community Colleges Future Leaders Institute.

“The search committee engaged a wide cross-section of the college community and community at-large to ensure we hired a person who was the right fit for SCCC,” added Smith. “We are confident Dr. Mazur has the skills and experience to work effectively with the Board, faculty and staff to move the College forward.”