May 10, 2011

Dean of SUNY Empire State College Receives Leadership Award from TV Station

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Dean Nikki Shrimpton(East Syracuse, N.Y. – May 10, 2011) – Nikki Shrimpton, of Fayetteville, dean of the Central New York Center of SUNY Empire State College, was one of five women selected for the Annual CBS5 Women in Leadership awards. Shrimpton is responsible for seven of the college’s 35 locations across the state, working with faculty mentors and staff to educate the college’s adult learners both face to face and online.

Shrimpton and four other women will be honored at the Annual CBS 5 Women in Leadership awards luncheon on Thursday, May 12 at Justin’s Tuscan Grill in East Syracuse.

“I am very honored to be recognized in this way,” said Shrimpton, upon hearing of her selection. “It is important for me to note that without the steadfast help and wisdom of my colleagues, I would have been unable to accomplish the many great things we have done as a team.”

A native of Yorkshire, England, Shrimpton has been part of the Central New York community for more than 18 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science in forestry from North Carolina State University, a doctorate in forest management from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and the concurrent academic rank of tenured associate professor in the college.

Shrimpton is intensely interested in environmental issues, and she thinks it is important that students understand the world around them. She has found ways to connect science and art so students can understand the many aspects of an ecosystem. She was instrumental in the college’s recent recognition as Recycler of the Year-Education Sector award from the Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency. She also gives of her time to various volunteer activities, such as her present role as the vice president of the Baltimore Woods Nature Center’s board of directors.

An avid gardener, Shrimpton 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 including redcurrants, blackcurrants, white currants, gooseberries and jostaberries; kiwis; and quince and paw paws.

Despite an exceedingly busy schedule, Shrimpton has also found time to parent three children, one in high school and two who are currently in college.

Michael Mancini, assistant to the dean for Central New York Center, said, “To know Nikki is to know a woman who takes her work seriously, but is not without humor or grace. She approaches her colleagues and staff with a smile and a tender heart. I have worked with Nikki for three years and know that she cares deeply about the college’s mission: to serve the underserved student. She takes pride in finding creative solutions to help students obtain a degree.”

&lquo;This year’s award winners are dynamic in their backgrounds, and accomplished in their careers,” said Michael Benny, anchor and the managing editor of CBS5 who interviewed each of the women for spots to air on the station this week at 5 p.m. Shrimpton can be seen today (Tuesday, May 10)

About the Women in Leadership awards

For the past seven years CBS5 has celebrated five deserving women from Central New York at its annual Women in Leadership Awards luncheon. Once again this year the luncheon will honor women who are dedicated not only to their professions and their family, but also to the surrounding community.

About SUNY Empire State College

Celebrating its 40th anniversary throughout 2011, 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. 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 35 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 additional information, visit . For more on the 40th anniversary, please follow this link.


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The other Women in Leadership Award winners for 2011 are: Marci Henderson from The Red Cross of CNY , Renee Devesty from Camp Good Days , Deborah Willis from the Syracuse City Auditor’s Office and Sharon Slater from Crouse Hospital Foundation Board and executive director at

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