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John Kowal appointed as next president of Clinton Community College

MyNBC 5 3/9/2022
Dr. John Kowal © Clinton Community College Dr. John Kowal

Members of the SUNY Board of Trustees on Tuesday appointed a new president for Clinton Community College.

Dr. John Kowal, who previously served as the school's top administrator, has been tapped to serve as the college's ninth-ever president. His appointment is effective immediately.

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The decision follows a months-long search stemming from the departure of former President Ray DiPasquale last August.

"Dr. Kowal has extensive higher education experience and a keen sense of the evolving demands of our students to prepare them to pursue their careers," Clinton Community College Board Chair David Favro wrote in a statement.

Kowal has been with the school for several years, holding the position of vice president for academic affairs prior to his interim role as a top administrator.

"I am truly honored to take on this role and eager to continue work in collaboration with our board, campus leaders and staff," Kowal wrote in a statement. "... together we will continue to advance our offerings and ensure our students are well-positioned to succeed."

Kowal received a bachelor's degree in biology from American International College before proceeding to earn a master's degree in plant and soil sciences from the University of Massachusetts. He also holds a Ph. D. in philosophy from the University of Albany.

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