February 24, 2011

Dr. Nikki Shrimpton Named Dean of SUNY Empire State College’s Central New York Center

Dean Nikki Shrimpton (SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Feb. 25, 2011) – Dr. Nikki Shrimpton has been appointed dean of the State University of New York Empire State College’s Central New York Center.

“An outstanding academic administrator Nikki Shrimpton consistently came forward to take on leadership roles of increasing responsibility and complexity at the college’s Central New York Center,” said President Alan R. Davis. “Nikki has earned the trust and respect of her colleagues across the state and I am confident she will continue to do exceptional work as the dean of the center.”

“Nikki continues to find ways to remove barriers to learning and to open up opportunity for people to earn degrees, which is why she will be an extraordinary dean,” said college Provost Meg Benke.

“I am honored to lead the college’s Central New York Center as its dean,” said Shrimpton. “The college’s learners and faculty mentors continue to inspire the work of the center and I look forward to contributing to the growth and development of both the center and the college.”

As dean of SUNY Empire State College’s Central New York Center, Shrimpton is responsible for seven of the college’s 34 locations across the state, working with faculty mentors and staff to educate the college’s adult learners both face to face and online.

A native of Yorkshire, England, she loves to grow plants that remind her of fine English culinary traditions: leeks, potatoes, parsnips and turnips. More recently she has been experimenting with growing different varieties of tomatillos and hot peppers.

She also enjoys growing unusual and heirloom plants, and has an extensive collection of fruit bushes, vines and trees: redcurrants, blackcurrants, white currants, gooseberries and jostaberries; kiwis; and quince and paw paws.

Shrimpton first joined the college in 1998 as a member of the Central New York Center faculty and served in that capacity until 2007 when she was appointed as the center’s associate dean. In April of 2010, she was appointed interim dean of the center and has now been named permanent.

As a faculty member she was active in governance at the center and college level, chairing the center’s Personnel and Academic Review committees, and serving on the collegewide Senate. Shrimpton also served as faculty chair of the Central New York Center for five years.

She is a leader on the following academic initiatives:

Human Services Learning Community,

Early Childhood Credentialing Studies and

Business and Sustainability.

Shrimpton also spent two years on a part-time reassignment to the college’s Center for Distance Learning to work on course development funded through the Charitable Leadership Foundation Science and Math grant.

Shrimpton is a tenured associate professor in the college and earned a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from North Carolina State University and a Doctorate in Forest Management from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Before joining the college she served as principal coordinator of the Edinburgh Center for Tropical Forests.

Shrimpton has broad academic interests relating to environmental education, citizen science and sustainability, and the pedagogy of interdisciplinary studies blending science and the arts. Her recent focus has been on creating authentic field experiences for students engaged in independent studies and online courses.

She currently serves as vice president of the board of directors for the Baltimore Woods Nature Center in Marcellus.

About SUNY Empire State College

SUNY Empire State College, celebrating its 40th year throughout 2011, 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. Students learn through independent studies, online courses, seminars and residencies. Learners also may earn credit for prior college-level learning from work and life experience.

The college serves more than 20,000 students worldwide at 34 locations in New York state and online. Its 60,000 alumni are active in their communities as entrepreneurs, politicians, business professionals, artists, not-for-profit agency employees, teachers, veterans and active military, union members and more.

For more information, visit www.esc.edu. For more on the 40th anniversary, please go to www.esc.edu/40

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