June 6, 2012

Dr. Kathy Hairston Named Director of Academic Review

Kathy Hairston, Ph.D. Director of Academic Review

(Syracuse, NY June 6, 2012) SUNY Empire State College announces the hire of Dr. Kathy Hairston as the director of academic review for its Central New York region. In her role she will oversee degree-program auditing and prior-learning assessment. 

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Hairston resided in southern New Jersey, most recently teaching for Camden County College and St. Mary’s College of California in New York City.  She received her B.A. in interior design from Ursuline College, an M.S. in human environment relations from Cornell University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in human development from Fielding Graduate University.

Hairston is excited to combine her doctoral studies in human development with her commitment to adult students and noted, “In many respects, Empire State College’s approach to learning resonates with the Fielding Graduate University’s philosophy with its focus on adult learning and individualized instruction.”

“We are excited to have Kathy on board,” said Nikki Shrimpton, dean of the Central New York Center. “It was clear from the interview process that her passion for adult learning coupled with her education is a perfect fit with our college”

Hairston started her post in late May. 

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

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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