TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y.—Dr. Amy Kremenek has officially been appointed as Tompkins Cortland Community College’s fifth president by the State University of New York Board of Trustees and will begin June 1, 2022.

The appointment was made following a national presidential search, and the Board of Trustees met in person with four finalists in February before selecting Kremenek to take over for President Orinthia Montague, who had been at the college for four years and left in Aug. 2021 for another position.

Tompkins Cortland Community College’s fifth president, Dr. Amy Kremenek. (Photo provided)

Previously, Kremenek held positions relating to human resources and external relations at Onondaga Community College (OCC), and most recently served as vice president of enrollment, development and communications for seven years.

“I am excited and honored to join the outstanding faculty and staff of Tompkins Cortland Community College and to serve as its next president,” Kremenek said. “The college has a rich history of excellence and entrepreneurship and its mission is tremendously important to the region. I look forward to working with the campus and the community to build on this tradition and to advance the mission in support of student success.” 

During her time at OCC, Kremenek worked with rebuilding concurrent enrollment programs, developing dual enrollment programs and leading the launch of transfer degree paths. She has also been active on the SUNY Council on University Advancement, was founding chapter president of the American Association of Women in Community Colleges and received the SUNY CHancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service, among other awards.

Student Trustee and search committee member Paige Innis said, “During Dr. Kremenek’s visit to campus, I was beyond impressed with the connection she made with the students. She showed compassion and understanding for our concerns, questions, and comments. It is clear that Dr. Kremenek cares for students and will continue to value students.”

Kremenek attended the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University where she earned a Bachelor of Science as well as a Master of Public Administration.

Zoë Freer-Hessler

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