On September 15, 2020, Dr. Ellen Gambino was named acting president of DCC. Gambino
has served the College in various academic leadership roles since 2006, becoming Provost
and Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Services in 2015. Prior to joining
DCC, the Hudson Valley native held academic leadership positions at private colleges
in downstate New York.
Gambino brings to the role extensive experience in curriculum design, student success
and retention, strategic planning, budget management, academic assessment and workforce
development. She led the development of the College’s new associate degree program
in Public Health, and two offerings awaiting state approval -- Hospitality and Tourism
and Aviation Maintenance Technician.
Gambino earned an associate degree from DCC, bachelor’s from SUNY New Paltz, master’s
from Pace University and doctorate from Saint John Fisher College. She was a 2017
Aspen Presidential Fellow and in 2013, received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence
in Professional Service. In recognition of her leadership in establishing the Think
Ahead program – a multi-agency collaboration for developmentally disabled young adults
– she was awarded the 2019 Arc of Dutchess Peggy Martinko Trailblazer Award.
“I am extremely proud and honored to lead Dutchess Community College during this transition,”
said Gambino. “With the support of our faculty, staff, alumni and board of trustees,
I am confident that the College will emerge from these challenging times stronger
and better positioned to continue to fulfill our mission to provide a high-quality
education that is affordable, accessible, equitable and inclusive.” She added that
the College’s tag line, “You Don’t Have to Go Far to Get Far,” is reflected in the
accomplishments of the College’s 45,000 alumni, and noted that as a DCC graduate herself,
she is especially aware of the value of a DCC education.
A national search to fill the position vacated upon President Pamela Edington’s recent
retirement will commence soon and is expected to conclude by spring.
Ellen Gambino, Ed.D.