TC3 announces the College’s fourth president

Tompkins Cortland Community College has named the fourth president in the College’s history. Dr. Orinthia T. Montague begins her appointment on July 5.

Dr. Orinthia T. Montague, the next president at TC3. Photo provided.

Dr. Montague is the third woman to be named president of a Tompkins County institution of higher education in quick succession, after Dr. Martha E. Pollack at Cornell and Dr. Shirley Collado at Ithaca College.

TC3 is one of 30 community colleges and 64 campuses in the State University of New York System. It has its main campus in Dryden, east of Ithaca, and has satellite “extension centers” in Ithaca and Cortland.

According to a release on Wednesday from Tompkins Cortland Community College, Dr. Montague’s appointment was approved today by the State University of New York Board of Trustees. She is currently the vice president of student affairs and chief diversity officer at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, Minnesota.

TC3’s Board says three finalists came to campus in March as the culmination of a national search to replace retiring president Carl E. Haynes. Her start date in July allows some transition before Dr. Haynes retires at the end of August.

“The single most important job of the Board of Trustees is hiring a president,” said Tompkins Cortland Community College Board of Trustees Chairperson Elizabeth Burns. “This board had the daunting task of finding a successor to Carl Haynes, our beloved and highly effective president for the past 23 years. After a lengthy and involved national search that involved students, faculty, staff and community, we were delighted to have so many high quality candidates, and we are thrilled to welcome Dr. Montague as our next president.”

Prior to her seven years at Normandale Community College, Dr. Montague spent eleven years at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, “starting as student service coordinator and moving up to director of student life, assistant vice provost and eventually associate vice provost and dean of students,” according to TC3.

The college says Montague earned a Bachelor of Arts in interpersonal communication from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri; a Master of Arts in counseling from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri; and a Doctorate degree in higher education administration from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in St. Louis, Missouri.

“Dr. Montague has served in a number of important roles in institutions of higher learning,” says Burns, “and her passion for working towards success of students of various backgrounds is a good match for this College and for the challenge of moving us forward. I believe she is the right person at the right time for the College, and I couldn’t be more pleased with the result of our search.”

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