Founded in 1913 and located only a few hours from New York City in the scenic foothills of the Catskill Mountains, SUNY Delhi is a student-centered institution providing experiential learning in a small town setting. SUNY Delhi students learn and work in an intimate setting with faculty who focus on their individual learning styles and goals. SUNY Delhi prides itself on offering flexible and affordable educational options to meet the needs of aspiring learners from all walks of life, always with a focus on academic excellence, innovation and practical experience. With 2,400 students enrolled in fall 2018, and approximately 1,700 of those students living on the charming and vibrant 625-acre campus in 6 residence halls and a 120-bed apartment complex, SUNY Delhi is ranked in the top 20 institutions for Regional Colleges North in the 2019 U.S. News & World Report. Academically, the College has created a unique niche in higher education by offering a seamless, technology-based education that includes specialized certificates, hands-on associate degree programs, distinctive baccalaureate programs that emphasize applied learning, and graduate degrees in nursing. SUNY Delhi has earned state and national reputations for excellence and innovation in several program areas, including Veterinary Science Technology, Culinary Arts, Hospitality Management, Golf/Turf Management, Architectural Design and Building, Information Technology, Nursing, and Construction Management.

The Position

Responsibilities of the Position

The College Association at Delhi, Inc., the official title for Auxiliary Services at SUNY Delhi, provides comprehensive support services for the campus community, including dining, catering, ID cards, payroll, vending, and printing services. The organization also owns real estate, operates a restaurant at The College Golf Course, and contracts with Barnes & Noble to manage the campus bookstore. The College Association also provides student scholarships; promotes academic programs and services; fosters staff development; supports major campus events such as Orientation, Community Service Day, Family Day, Commencement, and major student weekend events; provides financial support on behalf of the college to a number of campus non-profit partners in the community; and promotes other campus priorities.

Reporting to the President of the Board of Directors and serving as Chief Operating Officer of the Corporation, the Executive Director, Auxiliary Services, leads the operation of the College’s auxiliary services corporation with the objective of delivering a superior service experience to the SUNY Delhi students, faculty, staff, and community. The Executive Director is responsible for the overall administration and executive leadership of the wide range of auxiliary operations which support and align with the College’s mission, providing strategic planning and vision for financial, operational, marketing and facility development. The position prepares and administers the annual budget, oversees the corporate risk management program, and manages applicable corporate contracts/agreements. The incumbent must have the ability to coordinate, analyze, advise, provide guidance, evaluate, observe, interview, investigate, comprehend, and interpret policies and procedures, laws, guidelines and regulations, and formulate applicable solutions to organizational issues; conduct regular assessment activities to advise improvements and enhancements to services and operations; promote the activities of the Corporation to the campus community through outreach and marketing; and work tirelessly to maintain an atmosphere of positive relations with students, faculty, staff, Board of Directors, and the Delhi community at all times. The Executive Director is responsible for a full- and part-time staff of approximately 300, including approximately 20 managers, 85 union members and 185 student employees, as well as an $11 million budget.

Characteristics of the Successful Candidate

The position requires a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four year college or university (master’s degree or MBA preferred), with demonstrated leadership in one or more auxiliary services and increasing levels and scope of responsibilities and supervisory experience. It is strongly preferred that candidates have experience in a higher education or auxiliary service corporation environment. The successful candidate must also possess strong organizational skills, an entrepreneurial spirit coupled with the ability to plan strategically. Experience with budget planning, fiscal oversight, marketing, retail, customer service, team building, project management, and resource allocation; an understanding of educational organizations; and excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills are essential. Experience in personnel management, including supervision of staff and employee development; a commitment to diversity and social justice with the ability to create a department which is inclusive and accessible; the ability to write proposals, reports, and make presentations; and the ability to work independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced team environment are expected. Demonstrated ability and interest in working in a multicultural, multiethnic environment is required.

In addition to the minimum academic and experiential requirements indicated in the Position Announcement, other desired characteristics, skills, actions, and/or abilities noted from the stakeholder discussions are as follows:

  • a strategic and data-informed decision-maker who is also able to think fast on their feet, set high expectations, and implement change as necessary;
  • strong managerial skills, with the ability to develop leadership skills in others and promote a team environment at all levels of the department;
  • previous experience in a University, not-for-profit, or closely related hospitality environment is highly desirable;
  • highly student-centered and knowledgeable about current college student needs and trends, understanding that serving the students at SUNY Delhi is the number one priority of Auxiliary Services;
  • business and finance skills, and capable of effectively managing a multimillion dollar operation and generating revenue to support the department and University;
  • adaptable to major changes on the spur of the moment, not reactive, and able to address situations with a cool and collected demeanor;
  • a proactive leader, a forward thinker, and a self-starter who can read the culture, determine where there is a need, develop a solution, and then present it back as a proposal to administration;
  • strong relationship-building skills with both internal and external stakeholders;
  • extremely organized, detail-oriented, and able to multitask at all times;
  • an excellent, approachable communicator and listener with the ability to reach all levels of the University, especially in advocating for the needs of the responsibility areas of Auxiliary Services;
  • high levels of energy, enthusiasm, and charisma, along with the ability to engage individuals across the institution;
  • strong customer service skills;
  • ability to serve in a meeting with upper level administrators, to speak professionally, and to conduct high level presentations at the executive level;
  • flexibility in working schedules, with the realization that the needs of the institution are often not limited to the traditional workday during the week;
  • an innovator with a futuristic orientation, a visionary, and someone willing to try new opportunities and remain informed on new trends and best practices;
  • committed to the principles of diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice for all;
  • strong marketing skills, with the ability to tell the story of Auxiliary Services to both internal and external stakeholders;
  • ability to be a liaison between the University and the Corporation, understanding and appreciating the needs of both;
  • an understanding of the culinary industry, but with the ability to empower and trust the staff of the department to implement the services and programs;
  • a positive attitude at all times, even in the face of adversity;
  • previous experience working with unionized staff and collective bargaining is a plus;
  • political savvy and tact.

History of the Position

The Executive Director of CADI has been vacant since December 2017, when the previous incumbent left Delhi for other opportunities. An earlier search did not yield a successful candidate, after which Spelman Johnson was contracted to conduct this current search.

The leadership of CADI is a highly respected and important position at SUNY Delhi. Over the past 15 years, only two incumbents have held the position. CADI’s leadership has been instrumental in the College’s growth; support for the campus and student services has been the strength of the College Auxiliary. As the campus developed over the years, CADI has provided service in numerous ways including dining venues, program support, and financial services. A good leader of the Corporation has been at the forefront of our campus success for over 5o years.

Likely Opportunities, Priorities, and Challenges of the Position

The new Executive Director, Auxiliary Services must possess a broad and deep understanding of national best practices and innovations with regard to dining and other culinary operations, as well as other elements of college auxiliary services and sound business practices, and then build the program at SUNY Delhi to even greater heights. The executive director should be an experienced or aspiring leader who has had success building and advancing a progressive program at another institution (within a higher education auxiliary operation and/or related environment), capable of managing multiple priorities, and equipped to contribute at both a strategic and tactical level to a vibrant and fast-paced Division of Student Life and Auxiliary Services Department (the College Association at Delhi, Inc., or CADI). The following were identified as possible opportunities, priorities, and challenges that will face the new Executive Director, Auxiliary Services, at SUNY Delhi.

  • Auxiliary Services at SUNY Delhi is run through a not for profit 501 (C) (3) corporation, the College Association at Delhi, Inc. (CADI), and it is important that the new executive director understand the relationship between CADI and the institution. As a not for profit corporation with a Board of Directors and an exclusive responsibility to provide comprehensive auxiliary services to SUNY Delhi, it will be important for the success of the executive director to quickly learn how this relationship works and begin to establish a framework for how this relationship will operate in the future. With revenue expectations, as well as the provision of top-tier customer service, the corporation functions essentially in the role of a “third-party vendor,” though the direct ties and connections to the University are evident in the makeup of the Board of Directors, which contains a number of key staff and students from SUNY Delhi. The executive director should quickly conduct an intense “listening tour,” to include the CADI staff, stakeholders, Board members, and University administration, in an effort to gain an understanding of the present relationship and, as Chief Operating Officer of the Association, assess needs going forward.
  • The new executive director must commit to a comprehensive culture of collaboration and partnering across campus for maximum effectiveness. SUNY Delhi is a very tight-knit community that is committed to building relationships as a foundation of the campus culture, so strong collaboration is an absolute necessity in all endeavors to ensure success. Auxiliary Services touches a vast number of individuals, departments and other entities across the campus, so it will be crucial that the new executive director quickly reach out to build strong relationships and partnerships that foster ongoing positive interactions and promote a “connector” mindset in all instances. Since Auxiliary Services (CADI) touches so many parts of SUNY Delhi, these connections are essential in order to assess real needs, design specific programs and services to meet these needs, and provide superior customer service at all times.
  • Because there is an extensive network of individuals with whom the executive director will be working closely, it will be imperative that the new executive director have excellent communication skills that can foster transparency, promote trust, and reach all levels of staff. The executive director will be responsible for interacting with a number of staff at all levels of the organization and the University, ranging from front line customer service staff to departmental leadership to executive administration. The new director will need to be consciously aware of the audience at all times, and should ensure that all communication is designed with this in mind. It is important that the executive director be available and open for anyone within Auxiliary Services or beyond to bring issues and concerns, maintaining confidentiality at all times, and that these issues will be addressed in a timely manner. With the large depth and breadth of the organization, open dialogue and clear messages from the executive director will foster a strong sense of team unity.
  • With tremendous excitement surrounding the hiring of a new director, there is great opportunity for an experienced professional to put their own mark on the SUNY Delhi Auxiliary Services program. The department is very excited about the fresh opportunities and vision that a new executive director brings to the table. This is an outstanding occasion for the successful candidate to put their professional mark on the auxiliary services program and build it to a higher level based on their experience and national best practices. There is tremendous support and high expectations from the administration for the executive director and the programs and services that emanate from this office, and, having been without a full-time director for nine months, the opportunity exists to bring an exciting new direction to the auxiliary environment at Delhi.

Other aspects of the position and the institution that will be of interest to candidates include the points listed below.

  • SUNY Delhi has a number of relatively new leaders in upper-level management, so there is a fresh and vibrant environment in which to work at the institution. Consequently, there is an expectation that Auxiliary Services will also operate at a fast pace, with change and growth occurring rather quickly, so the new executive director should expect to learn the position, develop a plan, and begin implementation just as quickly. With this fast pace also comes high expectations, so the new executive director should be ready to “hit the ground running” on day one!
  • SUNY Delhi is geographically nestled in the Catskill Mountains in a relatively rural setting. The views of the mountains and valleys are stunning, and the surrounding countryside is replete with farms and country homes. While New York City and Buffalo are roughly 3 hours away (Oneonta is 30 minutes away, Albany is 90 minutes), candidates should realize that Delhi is located in a small town in central New York State, where outdoor activities abound, including skiing, hiking, and biking; the school system is strong; there is a very “neighborly” and close-knit environment throughout the community; but candidates should relate to the nature of an institution in such a locale and understand its implications.
  • Plans are currently in place for a number of facility upgrades and additions, many of which are part of the Auxiliary Services portfolio, and there is a strategic master plan that has been developed for dining facilities. A multi-million dollar renovation and upgrade of the Café on the Green restaurant located at the golf course, to include the development of a student culinary lab, a national brand coffee franchise, and renovations and upgrades of older dining facilities are all part of a plan going forward to improve the student experience. The new executive director and the Auxiliary Services department will be an essential leader in these and other projects.
  • The student population of SUNY Delhi is extremely diverse, with approximately 40 percent underrepresented populations making up the student body. The faculty and staff makeup is noticeably less diverse, so the new executive director should place special emphasis on inclusion, equity, and diversity in all aspects of the position, including hiring of staff and students, meal and dining choices and options, and development of new initiatives and services.
  • With award-winning hospitality and culinary programs at SUNY Delhi, there is an excellent opportunity for the executive director to build partnerships and strong relationships between Auxiliary Services and these programs. This also presents a great number of educational opportunities for students, including both student employees and other general Delhi students not necessarily in the culinary programs.
  • Because Auxiliary Services has front-line contact with the student body, it will be important for the executive director to be seen as the positive “face” of the department and for this individual to spend a great deal of time out of the office and on campus where the students live, meet, and eat. Being present with the students and taking stock of their needs and desires will build strong public relations with this primary audience and foster support for upcoming new initiatives, projects, and services, as well as giving the students the platform for comfortably voicing their concerns, complaints, successes, and aspirations.
  • The executive director should review all policies and procedures currently in place, assess their relevance and/or effectiveness, construct solid written documentation, and develop new and innovative blueprints for the operation of the department based on a comprehensive needs assessment.

Measures of Success for the Position

At an appropriate interval after joining SUNY Delhi, the items listed below will initially define success for the new Executive Director, Auxiliary Services.

  • Student satisfaction surveys are showing improvement, and customer service is noted as a strong point for the department.
  • A needs assessment has been conducted, a strategic vision has been defined, and a strategic plan is being developed.
  • Staff expectations and performance measures are clearly defined and are consistent.
  • Organizational structure has been assessed, and a staff development plan is in place.
  • Innovations and best practices within the industry have been identified, and a plan has been developed to implement them as soon as possible.
  • Strong partnerships and collaborative relationships are formed across the campus and with constituency groups.
  • A marketing plan has been developed to ensure students recognize Auxiliary Services/CADI and understand its function and purpose.
  • Staff morale is strong and team development is occurring on a consistent basis.

An Overview of the College Association at Delhi, Inc. (CADI)

Auxiliary Services at SUNY Delhi, officially called The College Association at Delhi, Inc., is dedicated to supporting the success of SUNY Delhi, as well as each and every student, through all of its endeavors and programs. The Association and all of its employees are dedicated to the core mission of providing the highest quality dining and catering services for the best value in a warm and welcoming atmosphere for all of its customers.

The Association and all of its employees aspire to model practices which reflect the organizational values of superb customer service, teamwork, sustainability, honesty, integrity, employee development, and service to the campus and local community.

The College Association at Delhi was established in 1956 as a 501(c)(3) and is governed by a Board of Directors that is made up of faculty, staff, students, and administration. The College Association provides auxiliary services for the SUNY Delhi campus community, including dining, ID cards, payroll, vending, and printing services. The organization also owns real estate, operates a restaurant at The College Golf Course, and contracts with Barnes and Noble to manage the campus book store. The College Association provides over $200,000 annually to support student scholarships; academic programs and services; staff development; and major campus events such as Orientation, Community Service Day, Family Day, Commencement, major student weekends, and other campus priorities. The Auxiliary also provides financial support on behalf of the college to a number of campus non-profit partners in the community. The organization employs nearly 300 full- and part-time staff, including approximately 20 managers, 85 union members and 185 student employees.

Institution & Location

Institutional Overview

It was October 14, 1915 when SUNY Delhi opened its doors to nine students, the college’s director, and two instructors. There was only one building, the Dairy Barn, now known as Thurston Hall. It was a cold place. As one student said, “Red noses were in vogue.”

The 1922 Fidelitas, the college’s first yearbook, described the scene: “…They were a good-natured lot and what was lacking in equipment was made up in enthusiasm.”

The college was initially founded in 1913, as the State School of Agriculture and Domestic Science at Delhi, thanks to the efforts of sisters Elizabeth and Amelia MacDonald. Its initial mission was to stem the migration of young people from the area by preparing them for careers in farming. From its founding to today, the college has a long and proud tradition of applying hands-on education to prepare students to help meet the needs of the region and beyond.

Dr. Carl E. Ladd served as the school’s first director in 1915 and took on the task of organizing the school in just under 10 weeks. Ladd radiated confidence and created a spirit of zeal and loyalty that brought harmony to an otherwise chaotic situation. Delhi’s first commencement took place at the end of April 1918, when 19 diplomas were awarded, four in Domestic Science and 15 in Agriculture.

Men’s basketball, Delhi’s first athletic team, was organized only weeks after the school opened in 1915. Until just after World War II, basketball and cross country were Delhi’s only intercollegiate sports. Early on, Delhi had a small pool of candidates for its athletics teams, but the school spirit remained strong.

Through the years, Delhi’s reputation in intercollegiate sports has grown. Delhi’s 1982 wrestling team broke the national record for consecutive dual meet wins and its cross country teams have earned more than ten national titles.

Throughout its history, SUNY Delhi has responded with agility and zeal to the needs of the region. After World War I, it created an intensive training program to alleviate a farm worker shortage; it established a teacher training program in 1921 when Upstate New York’s one-room schoolhouses were desperate for trained teachers; and it responded to a national call for nurses in 1943 with a new training course for practical nurses.

In 1933, the college launched the country’s first building construction program to meet the growing need for carpenters and builders. Many of the houses on Park Place and Sheldon Drive in the Village of Delhi were the result of Delhi construction students’ hard work – a tradition that continues today with construction students building homes, as well as facilities for non-profit organizations, to gain hands-on experience.

The college officially became the New York State Agricultural and Technical Institute at Delhi in 1941, the culmination of campus expansion and an increasingly diversified curriculum combined with the growing stature of the state’s six agricultural schools.

Food technology was added to the curriculum in 1945, which marked the beginning of what is now Delhi’s highly regarded Hospitality Management program. The program continued to expand over the years with new degree offerings like Restaurant Management, Culinary Arts, and Hospitality Management.

The college changed names again after World War II, becoming one of the original 14 state colleges and agricultural institutes to form the new State University of New York system. In 1964, “College” replaced “Institute” to make it the New York Agricultural and Technical College at Delhi.

The 1960s saw tremendous change at SUNY Delhi. Dr. William R. Kunsela, who served as president from 1955 until 1973, spearheaded a massive construction project to modernize the campus, with virtually every structure torn down to make way for new facilities. At the same time, the college launched its Veterinary Science Technology program, the first of its kind in the United States.

The college’s acclaimed Golf and Turf Management programs got their start in the 1970s. In 1992, college officials announced plans to expand the college golf course to 18 holes to support the college’s plans for a professional golf management program. In 2008, the Golf and Turf Management programs were ranked within the Top 15 in the U.S. and named “Best in New York State” by Turfnet magazine.

Dr. Candace S. Vancko became SUNY Delhi’s president in 1999. She brought a new focus to Delhi, introducing baccalaureate degrees and strengthening Delhi’s niche two-year programs. President Vancko retired in 2016 and Dr. Michael R. Laliberte became the 10th president in Delhi history in July 2016.

In 2000, Delhi’s culinary team won the American Culinary Federation’s New York State competition for the first time; it went on to win nine in a row. That same year, the team was featured in the National Culinary Review as New York’s finest. In 2003, the team earned a gold medal at the ACF National Championship, and in 2010 Delhi captured the ACF National Championship in Anaheim, California. The culinary team won the Copa Culinaria Mundial Junior, representing the United States in Costa Rica in 2016.

Campus facilities have undergone a major transformation over the last decade. Renovations to Farrell Hall created the new Farrell Student and Community Center. Sanford Hall was transformed into a state-of-the-art academic center for nursing, business and other technology-driven programs. Catskill Hall, a suite-style residence hall, and Riverview Townhouses were added to meet the growing residential student population. Campus walkways and roadways were renovated to improve mobility and access for students.

About Delhi, NY

Located in the largest of all the counties in the Catskill region, the greater Delhi area is the political and cultural center of Delaware County, New York. With a diverse population of full-time residents, an extremely healthy second homeowner community, and approximately 2,400 college students attending SUNY Delhi, the Delhi area is brimming with passionate and active community members committed to economic growth, while maintaining the pristine beauty of the area.

While only a few hours from New York City, there is an undeniable vibrancy, charm, and authenticity that makes this area of the Catskills completely unique. Whether shopping in one of its fantastic shops, eating at one of the amazing restaurants or cafes serving locally-sourced food, or enjoying the abundance of beauty through outdoor activities, the Greater Delhi Area has much to offer.

For more information about Delhi, NY, visit the Chamber of Commerce website.

Mission and Vision

Awarding associate, baccalaureate, and master’s degrees, SUNY Delhi combines strengths in technology with dynamic curricula in arts, sciences, and selected professions. Our vibrant and diverse campus community provides an environment where living and learning flourish. Online and off-site programs provide expanding educational opportunities.

College Philosophy

The student is the most important person at SUNY Delhi.

Mission Statement

The mission of SUNY Delhi is:

To prepare students for lifelong success through academic programs, experience-based learning, cultural activities, and civic engagement.

Institutional Values

The SUNY Delhi experience is defined by the campus community’s commitment to creating opportunities for student success. SUNY Delhi is a student-centered community that values:

  • freedom, openness, and excellence in academic inquiry, expression, and achievement;
  • diversity, inclusiveness, dignity, and respect in our relationships;
  • honesty, integrity, and responsibility;
  • innovation and stewardship with regard to our resources; and
  • engagement, service, collaboration, and compassion, both within and outside our campus community.

Institutional Culture

Therefore, based on our values, SUNY Delhi:

  • is a student-centered campus community that values all individuals, practices inclusiveness, and embraces diversity;
  • emphasizes hands-on, experience-based, and applied education in small classes;
  • develops and expands internship and service learning opportunities;
  • provides opportunities in classrooms, residence halls, and campus activities for students to realize their personal, intellectual and professional goals;
  • delivers programs that overcome geographic barriers and provide students substantial flexibility in pursuing their degrees through technology and inter-campus collaboration;
  • practices rigorous academic and professional standards of learning and assesses the extent to which programs and students meet or exceed these standards;
  • supports scholarship and intellectual creativity;
  • supports faculty and staff, not only in scholarly and creative activities, but also in continuous professional development;
  • assists with local and state economic development efforts by forging stronger, extensive ties with the private and non-profit sectors;
  • reduces the campus’s carbon footprint through alternative energy options wherever practical;
  • teaches and promotes sustainable practices across the campus community;
  • continuously improves the quality and application of technology to academic, administrative, and support services through a focus on student needs; and
  • nurtures a culture of philanthropy that motivates faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the college to create and build lasting relationships that provide the resources to support SUNY Delhi’s strategic priorities.

Strategic Plan

SUNY Delhi Strategic Plan 2015-2020, Our Five -Year Vision

In the year 2020, SUNY Delhi is a thriving, dynamic, and growing educational hub providing students opportunities, achieving faculty and staff excellence, connecting with its communities, and strategic investing of its resources.

Student Opportunity

SUNY Delhi fosters a campus community of engaged learning in which students share a common identity as a member of SUNY Delhi, attain and apply theoretical and technical knowledge, and receive support in their intellectual, social, civic, and personal development.

Faculty and Staff Excellence

SUNY Delhi is a “workplace of choice” with a collaborative environment that empowers all faculty and staff through inclusiveness in decision-making processes and commitment to professional development. SUNY Delhi promotes the recruitment and retention of a diverse campus community committed to excellence in education.

Community Connections

SUNY Delhi is a cohesive community of caring individuals who have the utmost respect for each other’s diverse contributions. As a campus, we connect locally, nationally, and globally with our alumni, colleagues throughout higher education, industry partners, and community stakeholders.

Resource Development

SUNY Delhi nurtures a culture of philanthropy, leverages external partnerships, and manages physical resources to support the college’s strategic priorities.

Strategic Plan 2017

SUNY Delhi’s Strategic Planning process: The campus and stakeholder communities are working together to help the college identify its priorities and plan for its future. President Laliberte, along with a campus and online team of faculty and staff, have endeavored a collaborative model in this planning process. The collaborative model focuses on broad engagement, helps empower individuals and groups to a collective vision, and has been designed specifically for academic institutions. It emphasizes and values the process and not only the end result, or outcome.

For a more detailed look at the strategic plan, visit the website at

Dr. Michael R. Laliberte, President

Dr. Michael R. Laliberte became the 10th president in SUNY Delhi history on July 21, 2016. Throughout his 20-year career in higher education, Dr. Laliberte has been recognized as an inspirational, transformative, and student-centered leader committed to public higher education. Prior to leading SUNY Delhi, he served as Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he increased enrollment, improved retention rates, created living-learning communities, expanded civic engagement, and secured funds to improve facilities and services for students.

His extensive leadership experience includes serving as Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Boise State University, as Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and as Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Judicial Affairs at Springfield College.

Dr. Laliberte holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Development, Counseling and Family Studies from the University of Rhode Island; a master’s degree in College Student Development and Counseling from Northeastern University; and a doctorate in Educational Leadership in Higher Education from Johnson & Wales University. He also holds an advanced certificate in fundraising management from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

Dr. Tomás Aguirre, Vice President for Student Life & Chief Diversity Officer

Dr. Tomás Aguirre, Vice President for Student Life & Chief Diversity Officer

Dr. Aguirre came to SUNY Delhi from Texas A&M University-Commerce, where he served as Assistant Vice President & Dean of Students. Prior to that, he served as Dean of Students at the University of New Mexico and Associate Dean of Students at Humboldt State University. Altogether, he has more than 20 years of experience in education administration and delivery.

At SUNY Delhi, Dr. Aguirre leads a division that includes eight departments, approximately 105 college employees, 120 auxiliary employees, and more than 350 student employees. He oversees budgets in excess of $20 million, including the college’s residence hall, health, athletic, and auxiliary budgets. His responsibilities include developing collaborative relationships with campus administration, faculty, and campus leaders, to plan and implement strategic initiatives, develop partnerships, resolve issues, and cultivate a seamless learning experience for SUNY Delhi students.

Dr. Aguirre holds a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Higher Education Administration from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, a Master of Science in Education from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Studies from the University of Texas, Austin.

John Padovani, Assistant Vice President of Student Life

John Padovani is a higher education administrator with 30 years of experience. He is Assistant Vice President for Student Life at SUNY Delhi and oversees the areas of Housing, Residence Life, Auxiliary and Dining Services, Office for Community Engagement, Student Transportation Services and Student Conduct. During his tenure as a student affairs/student life professional, he has been involved with leading multiple campus projects. His experiences range from new building construction, residence hall renovations, financial management, contract and vendor services, staff training and development, and new student orientations. Mr. Padovani holds a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Scranton and a M.A. in Counseling and Community Psychology from Marist College. In 2013, he was awarded the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Services. As President for the SUNY Residence Life and Housing Administrators group he works with SUNY Central Administration and senior housing officers representing all SUNY residential campuses.  John lives in rustic Delhi, NY, with his wife of 30 years, Lori. He is an outdoorsman who enjoys hiking and camping, golf and long distance running and is the Scoutmaster for the local Boy Scout troop.

Organization of the Department

The Student Body

3,515 students
16:1 student-to-faculty ratio
77 percent of students receive financial aid
19 athletic teams
625-acre campus
44 buildings, including 6 residence halls and a 70-bed apartment complex

Student Origin (Fall 2017)

  • 34 percent Metropolitan New York and Long Island
  • 25 percent Capital Region
  • 19 percent Hudson Valley
  • 14 percent Central Region
  • 3 percent Western Region
  • 4 percent Out-of-State and International

Residential (On-Campus) Student Body Profile (Fall 2017)

  • 53 percent Male
  • 47 percent Female
  • American Indian/Native Alaskan – 1 percent
  • Asian/Pacific Islander – 3 percent
  • Black, non-Hispanic – 20 percent
  • Hispanic – 17 percent
  • Other and Unknown – 3 percent
  • White – 57 percent

The Academic Program

SUNY Delhi offers more than 50 academic programs with flexible options for students seeking a hands-on, career-focused education, as well as those looking to build a strong academic foundation for advanced study. From Culinary Arts to Nursing, our associate and bachelor degree programs have earned state and national acclaim for academic excellence. Whether students study on campus, online, or at one of our community college-based sites around the state, our experience-based, applied learning programs in many of the nation’s fastest growing fields, give students a competitive edge in the workplace.

Degrees Awarded

  • Certificate
  • AA
  • AAS
  • AOS
  • AS
  • BBA
  • BS
  • BSN
  • BT
  • MS

Hands-on experience is the cornerstone of Delhi’s academic programs. Bachelor degree programs include extensive internships. Technical programs feature extensive on-the-job experiences as well. It is a proven approach that gets results. More than 95 percent of Delhi students find jobs or continue their education within a year of graduating.

Benefits Overview

Benefits include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Health Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Retirement Plans
  • Tuition Benefits

For a detailed look at the benefits offered, click here.

Application & Nomination

Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Nominations for this position may be emailed to J. Scott Derrick at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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SUNY Delhi/CADI will consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status.