The Cayuga Community College Board of Trustees solidified the College’s continuity of leadership on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018 by formally extending Cayuga President Dr. Brian Durant’s contract through Aug. 31, 2024.
In his fourth year leading Cayuga Community College, Dr. Durant has stabilized and strengthened the College’s financial health, improved Cayuga’s facilities at its Auburn and Fulton campuses to better support students and academic programs, and enhanced the College’s presence in the region with stronger community partnerships.
Trustee Chair Dr. Linda Van Buskirk said Dr. Durant has a strong vision for how Cayuga Community College can continue serving its students and the Finger Lakes and Central New York regions.
“The Board of Trustees of Cayuga Community College is extremely pleased to announce its extension of President Dr. Brian Durant’s contract. Dr. Durant has fully demonstrated his commitment to the future of the college, his devotion to preparing students for their lives in the 21st century, and his ability to bring businesses and regional organizations to the table to create progress in our communities,” said Dr. Van Buskirk. “We look forward to many years of Dr. Durant’s pragmatic yet visionary leadership.”
Since Dr. Durant arrived at Cayuga Community College in 2015, Cayuga has added new academic and athletic programs for its students and expanded its K-12 programming with school districts in Cayuga and Oswego counties.
The College has also cultivated new partnerships in the community, including launching a joint initiative with the City of Auburn to renovate Falcon Park, a project that will allow Cayuga athletic teams to compete at the state-of-the-art facility. The College is also establishing a Workforce Development Center in downtown Auburn and is working to expand its childcare offerings in Cayuga County.
Dr. Durant said he is excited to continue leading Cayuga Community College, and thanked the Board of Trustees for their support.
“Cayuga Community College is a wonderful institution filled with dedicated faculty and staff, and I am extremely proud of the work we have done over the past three years to help students continue their education and prepare for their careers,” said Durant. “I am excited about this opportunity to remain at Cayuga and to continue serving our students in Cayuga and Oswego counties. Thank you to Dr. Van Buskirk and her fellow trustees for their support through these three successful years, and I look forward to working with our trustees in the years ahead.”