POUGHKEEPSIE – Dutchess Community College President Dr. Pamela Edington has announced that she will retire from the post she has held since 2014 on July 31.
Her legacy includes establishing a site at the Family Partnership Center in the City of Poughkeepsie, increasing student success and developing programs of study to meet emerging workforce needs in the region.
She also introduced service learning to the college, providing opportunities for students to augment classroom learning with real-world experiences helping local nonprofits meet community needs.
Among her initiatives are the relocation of the college’s south campus from Wappinger to the former Dutchess Mall in Fishkill and the development of a highly competitive and in-demand airframe maintenance technician program in a new facilities nearing completion at Hudson Valley Regional Airport in the Town of Wappingers. Both are scheduled to be completed later this year.
“I take tremendous pride in the reputation DCC has earned over the past six years as a community ally, collaborator and leader, working with local agencies to leverage resources and achieve shared goals,” said Edington.
“Our county and our college have benefited greatly from Dr. Edington’s leadership,” said Michael Francis Dupree, chairman of the board of trustees.
Edington was the fifth president of the college and the first woman to hold the position after serving nine years as dean of academic affairs, then provost, of Norwalk Community College in Connecticut.
She and her husband plan to relocate to the West Coast to be closer to their two daughters and their families.