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October 9, 2012

SUNY Empire State College Announces Hire of Dr. Mike Gillespie as Associate Dean

Dr. Mike Gillespie, photo courtesy of University of Derby

(Syracuse, NY Oct. 9 2012) Dr. Mike Gillespie has been named associate dean of SUNY Empire State College's Central New York Center in Syracuse. In his role he will oversee student and academic support services and faculty development initiatives, as well as assist in the overall management of the center’s seven academic sites throughout Central New York.   

Gillespie is currently an assistant dean within the Faculty of Education, Health and Sciences at the University of Derby, in England.  Originally from Toronto, Canada, Gillespie has been at the University of Derby since 2010. 

Gillespie has a Bachelor of Human Kinetics from the University of Windsor, a Master of Science from University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, a Master of Business Administration from the University of London and his Ph.D. in adapted physical activity from Ohio State University

“We are excited for Mike to join our team” noted Nikki Shrimpton, dean of the Central New York Center. “It was clear from the interview process that Mike has both the experience and knowledge to provide this necessary leadership at our center.”

Of his appointment Gillespie said, “I am delighted to have been offered the post and I am looking forward to working at Empire State College. The college has an international reputation for providing flexible, individualized higher-education opportunities to adult learners and I am extremely excited about the opportunity to join the college at what is an extremely interesting and challenging time within the sector.”

Gillespie will assume his post in early November.

The college serves more than 2,200 students in the Central New York region and has almost 6,000 alumni living in the area.

For more information contact Micahel Mancini at Michael.Mancini@esc.edu or 315-460-3142.

About SUNY Empire State College

SUNY Empire State College was established in 1971 to offer adult learners the opportunity to earn associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the State University of New York.

In addition to awarding credit for prior college-level learning, the college pairs each student with a faculty mentor who supports that student throughout his or her college career. Students engage in guided independent study and course work onsite, online or a combination of both, which provides the flexibility for students to learn at the time, place and pace they choose.

The college serves more than 20,000 students worldwide at more than 35 locations in New York state and online. Its 63,000 alumni are active in their communities as entrepreneurs, politicians, business professionals, artists, nonprofit agency employees, teachers, veterans and active military, union members and more.

More information about the college is available here.

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