Presidential Finalist Paul Reifenheiser
Dr. Paul Reifenheiser has served as Administrator in Charge at Tompkins Cortland Community College since August of 2021; he has been the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs here since 2018. Prior to his time at TC3, he worked at SUNY Sullivan from 2003 to 2018, serving as the Interim Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs (1 year), as the Chair of the Liberal Arts and Humanities Division (7 years), and as a full-time faculty member and the Writing Program Administrator (7 years). He was a visiting instructor at Florida State University and has taught for TC3, SUNY New Paltz, and the Bard College Prison Initiative. He earned his Ph.D. in American Literature and Critical Theory from Florida State University in 2001, his Masters in English from St. John’s University (NY) in 1996, and his Bachelors in English from Villanova University in 1994. He lives in Ithaca NY with his wonderful wife of 22 years (Tara), their teenage percussionist son (Noah), their howling beagle (Floppy), and their three eccentric cats (Eleanor Rigby, Omar Little, and Jimi Thing). He has the sad misfortune of being a Mets fan, but he balances out that misery by attending as much live music as he can. He is probably too competitive when it comes to somewhat obscure games like curling, cornhole, and ax throwing. However, he finds great solace in carpentry projects and sitting around a fire pit with friends and family.
He is honored to be a semi-finalist for the Presidency of TC3. He is applying because he believes so firmly in the people who make the College such an invaluable part of our community and region. He hopes to continue making our strategic planning process a part of the College’s lived experience. He wants us to carry on our strong work, assess what we have done well, change what needs to be improved, and seamlessly help move the College into the (hopefully soon) post-pandemic world of higher education.
The College is in a liminal space, and he is asking for the opportunity to lead us forward with strategic vision, open communication, earnest transparency, and a good dose of fun. He loves it at TC3. He wants to be a part of rebuilding our enrollments and sharing the great work we do with more and more of our community.