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Chad Coates Joins Board of Trustees

September 15, 2014

Chad Coates of Ithaca is the newest member of the Tompkins Cortland Community College Board of Trustees. Coates was appointed by the Tompkins County Legislature to fill the seat vacated by Ray Dalton, who retired from the board after serving since 2005. Coates’ term on the board will expire June 30, 2021.

Coates is an Assistant Dean of Admissions and Advising in the College of Arts and Sciences at Cornell University. He has extensive experience in higher education administration, with past employment at Bowling Green State University (Ohio) and Long Island University C.W. Post Campus. “I have a strong student affairs background and have done academic advising for approximately 10 years at three different universities, therefore, student success as it relates to college transition, retention, educational quality, diversity, and community engagement are very important to me,” said Coates. “My primary objective this year (as a Trustee) is to learn as much as I can about the College, its vision, core mission, governing policies, challenges and opportunities. I hope to learn from my fellow trustees and the senior leadership of the College what are some of the more pressing needs and areas of growth for the College. I think it is only within this context that I can full assess how my skill sets and experiences can best be utilized in the service of the College community as we strive to strategically achieve the institution’s overall vision.”

Coates holds a BA in theatre and an MBA in business administration from Long Island University C.W. Post Campus. He earned a Ph.D. in higher education administration from Bowling Green State University, which gives him knowledge that will prove valuable on the Board. “As part of my (Ph.D.) program, I studied community colleges, governance structures in higher education, and college student development theories,” said Coates, who also studied abroad in several different countries during the course of his education. “I think this (serving on the Board of Trustees) will be a good way to serve my community by utilizing my areas of expertise and training in the field of higher education.”

The Tompkins Cortland Community College Board of Trustees consists of 10 members, including a student trustee elected by the student body. The governor appoints four trustees, two each from Tompkins and Cortland Counties; the Cortland County Legislature appoints two; and the Tompkins County Legislature appoints three.

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