Dr. Debra H. Thatcher
Dr. Debra H. Thatcher was named Acting President at SUNY Cobleskill by the SUNY Board of Trustees, effective June 1, 2013. She had previously served as chief operating officer, provost and vice president of academic affairs at Cobleskill since 2011. In that role, she is credited with leading the successful development and implementation of an institutional effective plan, an academic prioritization process and an enrollment management plan. She has also forged partnerships to provide community college graduates with convenient and affordable access to baccalaureate degrees and to expand international education opportunities.
As Acting President, Dr. Thatcher will welcome more than 25 new faculty and staff who are joining the Cobleskill campus community in fall 2013. She is also overseeing completion of construction for a state-of-the-art Center for Agriculture and Natural Resources that will provide specialized classrooms and laboratories for SUNY Cobleskill's Animal and Plant Sciences and Fisheries and Wildlife Departments and is actively involved in the college's Centennial Capital Campaign.
Prior to her tenure at Cobleskill, Dr. Thatcher served as provost and dean of faculty at Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, NC, and from 2001-06 as director of the School of Education and associate dean of the School of Professional Studies at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, MI. She is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Wyoming and holds a M.Ed. and Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina.