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Provost, Vice President of
Academic and Student Affairs

Position Profile

College Overview

FLCC Service Area and Facilities
Finger Lakes Community College is a public, open access institution serving Ontario, Seneca, Wayne and Yates counties in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. In addition to the main campus, FLCC provides instruction at its campus centers in Victor, Geneva and Newark and at its two field stations: the East Hill Campus in Naples and the Muller Field Station on Honeoye Lake. FLCC is part of the 64-campus State University of New York system, which includes a total of 30 community colleges. The College is sponsored by Ontario County and is governed by a 10-member Board of Trustees, including one student trustee.

The College celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, having launched full-time, credit-bearing classes in vacant storefronts and classroom trailers in downtown Canandaigua on Feb. 1, 1968. FLCC – originally called Community College of the Finger Lakes – moved to its now 250-acre main campus in 1975. The grounds include an arboretum, two nature trails, a pond, competition fields and a cross country course that has hosted the NJCAA Division III championship. The main campus building features a nursing lab, two music recording studios, a TV studio, greenhouse, 400-seat auditorium and a One Stop Center for all enrollment services.

The FLCC Student Center, a main campus addition, opened in March 2012 and is the first public building in Ontario County certified under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system of the U.S. Green Building Council. The Student Center was one phase of a more $60 million renovation and expansion of FLCC facilities that included the opening of a new Victor Campus Center in 2010, the renovation of much of the main campus building in 2013, the redevelopment of the Geneva Campus Center in 2016, and the opening of the FLCC Viticulture and Wine Center in 2015. The viticulture center supports the Northeast’s first two-year viticulture degree program with a teaching winery, enology laboratory and aging rooms.

FLCC shares the main campus property with a child care center and the Constellation Brands Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center, an outdoor amphitheater that hosts musical acts during the summer and college commencement each May. The College’s auxiliary affiliate operates the Suites at Laker Landing, a residence hall that houses 353 students in apartment-style units, adjacent to the main campus.

FLCC Students and Academic Programs
The College currently enrolls 2,554 full-time and 3,800 part-time students; nearly two-thirds of part-time students are high schoolers in FLCC’s concurrent enrollment program. Including concurrent enrollment, 64 percent of FLCC students are under 20 years old, 18 percent are 20 to 24 years and 18 percent are 25 and older. FLCC draws the majority of its students from two counties: 36 percent of students reside in Ontario County and 25 percent in Wayne County.

The College offers 55 degree and certificate programs as follows: Two A.A degrees, 19 A.S. degrees, 23 A.A.S. degrees and 11 certificates. FLCC’s signature programs in environmental conservation, music recording technology, and viticulture and wine technology set it apart among its peers.

In addition, the College offers honors studies, winter and summer sessions, travel courses, 450 online and 20 hybrid courses annually, internships, adult basic education, and English as a Second Language (ESL). Seven degree programs and one certificate can be taken entirely online; another 23 can be completed with at least 50 percent of courses online. FLCC maintains joint admissions and transfer agreements with public and private four-year colleges and universities, ensuring that graduates receive junior status upon transfer.

FLCC is accredited by, and in good standing with, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. FLCC’S 2012 accreditation was reaffirmed by MSCHE in November 2017; the next review will be conducted in 2022. Several programs have discipline accreditation, including nursing through the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing and concurrent enrollment through the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships. The chemical dependency counseling degree received New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services accreditation in spring 2014, allowing FLCC students to take the state exam for credentialed alcoholism and substance abuse counselors immediately upon graduation. The paralegal degree is American Bar Association approved.

FLCC is a leader in science instruction having received a total of $5.5 million in National Science Foundation grants over the last 10 years to share its model for teaching science through research at workshops across the nation.

The College’s academic programming is divided into 10 departments: business, computing science, environmental conservation, humanities, physical education/integrated health care, mathematics, nursing, science and technology, social science and visual and performing arts. The academic division also includes the Office of Professional Development and Continuing Education (PDCE), which provides non-credit training in advanced manufacturing and health care in addition to customized training for local employers. PDCE served 1,740 individuals over the 2016-17 academic year.

Students participate in more than two dozen organizations as follows: American Sign Language (ASL) Club, African American, Latino\a, Asian and Native American (AALANA) club, Art Club, Audio Engineering Society (AES), Campus Activities Board (CAB), Electronic Gaming Society (EGS), Engineering and Technology Club – Victor Campus Center, Fencing Club, History Club, Horticulture Club, Magic: The Gathering Club, Massage Club, Media Production Club, Nerf Club, Nursing Club, Queers & Allies (LGBTQIA++) Club, Science Club, Student Corporation, Student Senate, Theatre Club, The DOCK (Disciples of Christ the King), Veterans Club, Viticulture Club and Wildlife Society Club of FLCC.

The College’s honor societies are Phi Theta Kappa and Alpha Beta Gamma (business honor society). FLCC also has 14 athletic teams with more than 220 athletes who attend the Winning with Character program, an initiative launched in 2008 to develop the application of moral and ethical principles.

FLCC Faculty and Staff
FLCC is among the largest employers in the community with 693 full-and part-time faculty and staff, including adjunct instructors. Of those, 117 are full-time faculty. Professional development for faculty and staff training is conducted by the Office of Professional Learning and Leadership Development. Full-time faculty mentor and support new members through the reappointment and tenure process by participating in the work of tenure teams.

Faculty and staff contribute to the governance process through the Academic Senate, which makes recommendations to the president on academic policies and related matters, and College Council, which makes recommendations to the president on college wide issues. In 2016, the Academic Senate and the Board of Trustees adopted the FLCC values: vitality, inquiry, perseverance and interconnectedness, which guide the College’s work and serve as institutional learning outcomes.

Within the Academic and Student Affairs Division, the provost directly supervises seven positions:

  • Associate vice president of academic affairs, who oversees curriculum development, adult basic education, online learning, concurrent enrollment and the library
  • Associate vice president of instruction, who oversees the 10 academic departments, applied learning, faculty advising, and academic scheduling
  • Associate vice president of student affairs, who oversees academic support, professional advising, career services, health services, student life, and community standards and counseling
  • Director of professional learning and leadership development
  • Director of professional development and continuing education
  • Director of diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Assistant to the provost

For additional information about the College, please visit FLCC Fast Facts

Budget and Fundraising
FLCC’s adopted budget for the 2017-2018 academic year is $46,473,314. The operating funds for the College come from three principal sources: Tuition and fees, local government revenue and state aid. In-state tuition is $4,522 per year and basic fees are approximately $700 for full-time attendance; out-of-state tuition is double the in-state rate. The local contribution includes a fixed payment of $3,704,228 from the sponsor, Ontario County, and chargebacks from other counties whose residents attend. State aid is currently $2,747 per full-time equivalent student.

Fundraising for FLCC is done primarily through the Finger Lakes Community College Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation established to seek financial support for the College from the private sector. The College’s endowment is currently $2,519,042 with annual giving currently at $434,388.

The Foundation assists the College with equipment purchases, capital projects, professional development and special purpose campus events. It also receives and manages scholarship funds.

About the Area

FLCC's main campus is nestled in the heart of Western New York's Finger Lakes region in Canandaigua, NY, an area known for its breathtaking scenery, great attractions and rich history. Canandaigua offers a wealth of learning opportunities, and FLCC is conveniently located to take advantage of educational opportunities in the community.

Visiting Canandaigua is a unique experience. The Canandaigua-area has many great attractions, making it an ideal location for tourism to thrive. Canandaigua Lake, downtown shops, local restaurants, plentiful activities and adventures await you in Canandaigua.

Visit the Canandaigua Chamber of Commerce.

The Finger Lakes region, defined by its beautiful lakes and natural scenery, is a great destination for exploring the outdoors and all that the Finger Lakes area has to offer. The Finger Lakes region is a destination area for outdoor and nature enthusiasts, those who enjoy culinary and wine, history buffs, and people who prefer spending time on the water or lakeshore beaches.

Visit the Finger Lakes.

Campus Profiles

Main Campus, Canandaigua, NY
FLCC's main campus is the center of activity. It's home to most FLCC classes, programs and activities. Here, you'll discover over 50 areas of study to choose from, as well as a variety of student success services, including tutoring.
Learn more about FLCC's main campus

Geneva Campus Center, Geneva, NY
Experience a personalized education when you study at FLCC's Geneva Campus Center. This beautiful, modern facility provides you with flexible course options, one-on-one academic support, and opportunities to explore your interests.
Discover the Geneva Campus Center

Victor Campus Center, Victor, NY
This state-of-the-art facility offers high-tech, career-focused programs for you to explore. At the Victor Campus Center, you'll receive a customized education that will equip you with technical skills and hands-on experience in your field of study.
Get information on the Victor Campus Center

Newark Campus Center, Newark, NY
At the Newark Campus Center, you'll experience flexible course options and small class sizes. You'll be able to take classes in a range of subject areas, most of which can be applied to a variety of degree and certificate programs.
See more about the Newark Campus Center

Viticulture and Wine Center, Geneva, NY
Experience FLCC's Viticulture and Wine Center, a modern teaching winery dedicated to the Viticulture and Wine Technology program. Here, you'll have the opportunity to gain practical grape growing and winemaking experience.
Explore the Viticulture and Wine Center

Muller Field Station, Honeoye, NY
Muller Field Station provides FLCC Environmental Conservation students with hands-on field-based educational opportunities, and this location is used by other programs for a variety of learning experiences.
Discover Muller Field Station

East Hill Campus, Naples, NY
FLCC's East Hill location connects education with the great outdoors. Used for camping, hiking, wildlife and nature classes, East Hill provides you the opportunity to grow your outdoor learning and camping experiences.
Learn more about FLCC's East Hill Campus

Our Mission and Vision

Finger Lakes Community College serves as a dynamic learning resource, empowering our students to succeed and fueling the cultural and economic vitality of the region.

Finger Lakes Community College will build innovative programs to meet evolving educational needs, drawing on partnerships in the community and beyond. FLCC will offer an educational environment that is intentionally designed to engage our students as learners and propel them to completion.

Opportunity Overview

Academic Breadth and Depth
A strong academician with substantial experience in a variety of academic programs with a broad liberal arts orientation. An innovative administrator with experience with supporting modalities, in particular, workforce development, concurrent enrollment, and online programming.

An appreciation for the work of full-time and adjunct faculty is an absolute. This next leader will strengthen the engagement of adjunct faculty, while continuing to include full-time faculty in the shared governance process. It is necessary that the next Provost, Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs have a deep understanding of and experience in classroom teaching and the unique needs of community college students. This Provost, Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs will have demonstrated success in program review and developing new programs which meet the needs of the service area.

College-Wide Collaboration
The next Provost, Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs will have demonstrated success at advocating for both academic and student affairs, yet leading in a collaborative manner with all areas of the College. There are a number of individualized processes and programs throughout the College, and it is important that the Provost, Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs coordinate these efforts and drive them to be college-wide processes and programs. Success in aligning with student services and enrollment management efforts is critical to the sustainability of FLCC.

A working understanding of the shared governance process will play an important role in building trust and breaking down silos at the College. Lastly, this person will have an appreciation for working within rural communities and the need for regional sites and centers throughout the College service area while driving diversity, inclusion, and equity efforts.

Personal Characteristics
A positive leadership style with a skill for mentoring and moving faculty and staff forward in a direction of positive change for a college is needed. This Provost, Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs must be self-confident with an appropriate sense of humor. Highly ethical with a high level of emotional intelligence are descriptors which will serve this leader well at FLCC. Given the amount of culture change at the College, this Provost, Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs will be adaptive, comfortable in leading within a changing environment, managing conflict, possessing a high degree of entrepreneurialism and proven success in developing and nurturing external partnerships.

Required Skills and Desired Characteristics

Required Experience / Skills:

  • Qualifications for appointment as a tenured full professor in an academic department at the College
  • Doctoral degree or other relevant terminal degree strongly preferred; Master’s degree required
  • At least ten years’ demonstrated successful experience in progressively responsible teaching, administrative and educational leadership positions in a college setting; experience in a community college setting strongly preferred
  • Demonstrated successful experience in planning, fiscal management, resource allocation and personnel supervision

Desired Traits & Characteristics

  • Broad knowledge of the philosophy and mission of community colleges
  • Knowledge of curriculum design and its application to sound academic management
  • Ability and skill in the design and application of methods for the evaluation of faculty and staff
  • Ability to effectively communicate, verbally and in writing, complex ideas and recommendations
  • Ability to carry out the functions of leadership along a planned program of institutional direction
  • Ability to develop and administer a community college academic budget; ability to establish and monitor fiscal accountability within the areas of responsibility
  • Strong commitment to shared governance and a collegial environment
  • Demonstrated ability to work with faculty, staff, and students as well as community groups of diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds
  • Work Force Development and Continuing Education programs

Application Process

Printable Position Profile

Please direct all confidential inquiries and nominations to the College's search consultant, Angela Provart, Pauly Group, Inc., 3901 Wood Duck Drive, Suite E, Springfield, IL 62711, EMAIL: aprovart@paulygroup.com, Phone: 217-241-5400, FAX: 217-241-5401

Please submit electronically to aprovart@paulygroup.com the following documents as MS Word or Adobe Acrobat attachments: (1) a cover letter that addresses the Opportunity Overview; (2) a current résumé; and (3) names and contact information of five professional references.

The committee will begin review of applications immediately. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, with materials submitted by Monday, February 19, 2018 receiving priority consideration. All applications are confidential and references will not be contacted without the expressed authorization of the applicant.

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