POUGHKEEPSIE – A committee of the Dutchess County Legislature has approved two new appointments for the Dutchess Community College (DCC) Board of Trustees. The full legislature is expected to approve the appointments of former Dutchess County Executive Bill Steinhaus and Town of Pine Plains Judge Ibis Guzman at their June 14 meeting.
Steinhaus served 35 years in Dutchess County government, including 20 years as county executive. He will be filling the vacancy created with the resignation of longtime trustee Betsy Seaman Brown. His term will expire on June 30, 2026. The DCC graduate said, “I believe I have a perspective as a former student to relate to the needs and opportunities for the student transitioning from high school… as well as for those adult students of all ages… together with my long-term DCC supportive role as county executive – to bring some insights and experiences to charting the future course of the college.”
Guzman, a DCC Class of 2000 graduate, is an assistant vice-president for Stissing National Bank and serves as town justice in Pine Plains. He will be replacing current Trustee Tim Massie, whose term expires at the end of this month. The new trustee’s term will expire on June 30, 2028. Guzman was praised by Legislature Chairman Gregg Pulver. “I have nothing but great things to say about Ibis,” noting that Guzman was the first person in his family to attend college.