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Greetings, colleagues. I’m your new Dutchess Community College president, Peter Grant Jordan. I hope you’ll feel comfortable calling me Pete or Peter!
It is my great honor to reach out to you in this, my first official communication as president. I am deeply honored to be in this position and look forward to working with you. I’m deeply moved by all the visits and well-wishes you’ve shared with me during my first week on the job and want to say thank you for the kindness, support and goodies you’ve offered.
I want to thank Acting President Dr. Ellen Gambino, the DCC leadership team and all of you for your steadfast commitment to student success amidst one of the most trying times in the College’s history. Under Dr. Gambino’s stewardship and with your support and hard work, DCC continues to provide our students with the highest-quality education possible while remaining a vital resource to Dutchess County and beyond.
It is with this strong foundation that I begin my tenure here at DCC. During my first week, I started the “discovery” phase of getting acquainted with our community. I took a tour of our new DCC @ Fishkill and DCC @ HVR Airport locations and even got to interact and talk to visiting prospective students and their families.
Over the coming days, weeks and months ahead, I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible and learning all I can about the various areas of the College. There will be many opportunities for the entire campus community to get to know me and for me to get to know you!
I’m already impressed by the College’s strong commitment to student success, its embrace of diversity and equity, and its efforts to address the educational, economic and workforce needs of our region. We stand at a pivotal moment in our history, and we have an opportunity to join together in developing a vision for DCC that builds on our strengths, and explores and opens new pathways to success for students and our community.
As we look to the start of the fall semester and a return to in-person instruction, services and events, we will continue to follow health and safety guidelines as provided by federal, state and local officials. Over the past year, we’ve all learned a lot about the commitment needed to provide a safe and healthy learning community. And it is these lessons that will continue to inform and guide our fall 2021 reopening plan. I encourage you to visit the webpages for our fall 2021 health and safety protocols and guidelines. The campus will open to the general public on Monday, Aug. 16. Our success at remaining a safe and healthy campus community this fall relies on each of us doing our part. So, I encourage you to remain flexible, vigilant and to embrace these guidelines.
In closing, let me say how excited and humbled I am to be steward of DCC’s remarkable legacy and promising future. Together, let’s do great things!
Peter Grant Jordan, Ed.D.