SELDEN-At a meeting crowded with trustees, college administrators and local legislators, Suffolk Community College's Trustee Chairman Michael Hollander officially named the next president: Dr. Shirley Robinson Pippins.
...Replacing Salvatore LaLima, who has had a 38-year career at the college and has been president since 1997, Pippins will be the first African-American woman to hold the post.
"When I met the three finalists, there was no question in my mind that Shirley Pippins
is the most qualified candidate," LaLima added.
...Like any other college president, Pippins will no doubt devote much of her time to curriculum development, fund-raising and faculty administration.
will also have to address some controversial issues put forth by her
is no stranger to educational challenges or controversy.In 1991, she
went to South Africa for the U.S. Information Agency
to improve their educational system."I was in Durban, Zululand and Johannesburg during apartheid," she
told the Long Island Press
."[Their government] wanted me to set up community colleges, but just for blacks.They wanted the more prestigious colleges for the whites.So I decided to get out of there."Since 1995, Pippins has been president of Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton, Va., but she is thoroughly familiar with education in New York.She was vice president of Westchester Community College and the dean of community services, adult and continuing education there.She also has a master's degree from Manhattanville College (and one from the University of Illinois) and a doctorate from Columbia University.Pippins
declined to offer specifics about how she
would improve SCC
, explaining that she
had to get familiar with the college first.
Call For Proposals: "Taking Stock: The State of Black America in the Twenty First Century" April 22-24, 2004
...Reception for Dr. Shirley Pippins Dr. Shirley Pippins has been appointed President of Suffolk Community College.
The Black Faculty and Staff Association at Suffolk
have planned an event to welcome Dr. Pippins
to the community.