LOCH SHELDRAKE — Anthony Dos Santos, a retired detective with the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office and Air Force veteran, was officially sworn in as the new Assistant Director of …
LOCH SHELDRAKE — Anthony Dos Santos, a retired detective with the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office and Air Force veteran, was officially sworn in as the new Assistant Director of Public Safety/SUNY Peace Officer at SUNY Sullivan’s Board of Trustees meeting on Thursday, September 21.
Dos Santos read the Oath of Office to the Board as he was officially sworn in. He spent close to 25 years in the Sheriff’s Office. Before coming to the Community College, Dos Santos was at the Delaware Valley Job Corps.
“It’s good to be here,” said Dos Santos. “I’m back at the school I spent 10 years of my career as a School Resource Officer. This is kind of back into the swing of things with kids.”
The Board of Trustees also introduced their new student trustee, Fantashia Lovejoy, a Psychology major from Mount Vernon. Lovejoy is also a Resident Assistant (RA) in the residence hall at SUNY Sullivan and the President of the Black Student Union club.
The search for a new President and Vice President is beginning to ramp up for SUNY Sullivan, as well. Dr. Casey Crabill was appointed to Officer in Charge of the college in July and is to remain in that position until a formal search for a President occurs.
The former President of the college, Jay Quaintance, had been taking time off to attend to a family matter before Crabill was appointed to her current position.
“We just wanted to remind the Board of the importance of including teaching faculty on the search committees,” Crabill told the Board. “Also keeping in mind that the faculty is not here in the summer, so we hope for an expeditious search [now that the school year has begun].”
The search committees, recommended by Crabill, are to be made up of four faculty members from a number of disciplines, two administrators, two staff members, two students and four to five community members. Crabill noted that they should do outreach to people and have candidates recommended to them.
Dr. Nancy Hackett, Chair of the Board of Trustees, said that they have taken the last two months with Crabill on board to basically do some “housekeeping.” She said that they have gone through and looked at every detail of the college while finding ways to improve and make it student-centered.
“That is the biggest piece of the puzzle that is just so impressive to see happening,” Hackett said. “The reason we are doing this housekeeping, of course, is the fact that we have a Presidential search and we are going to be looking for that next leader on our campus. But before you look for that leader, you have to make sure that your house is clean… You really spend your time making sure that you have things in order.”
Crabill also said that the Faculty Council of Community Colleges (FCCC) Fall Plenary will be held at SUNY Sullivan from October 12 through October 14. The Plenary provides campus delegates with the opportunity to share their concerns and ideas with one another in a collegial atmosphere.
“That’s thanks to our FCCC Delegate Anne Ruszkiewicz, who did the invite and got this together,” she said. “This gives us a chance to show off our beautiful campus in its October splendor. What that does, is it brings representatives from community colleges across the state to our campus and officials from the city system will be here as well.”
Over the summer months, SUNY Sullivan also took part in projects to help with sustainability and energy protection. One such project is the NYPA LaBella Efficiency Project, with supervisor Rich Butler being the primary contact. Butler has installed over 400 windows and all other projects are being reviewed for final commission. Board of Trustees Secretary, Patricia Adams, said that Butler is meeting bi-weekly with his team to address all remaining concerns. Adams also said that the campus has three new high-efficiency oilers, LED light fixtures have been installed, 130 fair air jet heat pumps were replaced and a new hybrid heat pump installed. These sustainability projects have an anticipated energy savings of $25,000 a year.
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