Dr. Carol Eaton, President of Daytona State College, to Deliver Keynote Address at SUNY Cobleskill’s 94th Commencement

April 26, 2012

Dr. Carol Eaton, president of Daytona State College, will deliver the keynote address at SUNY Cobleskill’s 94th Commencement on Saturday, May 12, at 11 a.m. More than 600 students are eligible to participate in the ceremony, with nearly 300 receiving bachelor’s degrees.


Eaton assumed her current position in August 2011. She is Daytona State’s sixth president and the first female to hold the post in the college’s 50-plus year history. Prior to joining Daytona State, Eaton was president of Frederick Community College in Maryland, where she implemented multiple cycles of strategic planning and managed significant budget cuts during a four-year period that saw enrollment increase by 30 percent.


Eaton also served as chancellor for the Office of Community Colleges at the State University of New York (SUNY), implementing a five-year strategic plan, as well as policies that improved the ability of students to transfer from community colleges to senior institutions within the SUNY system.


From September 2000 until May 2004, Eaton was president of Clinton Community College in Plattsburgh, N.Y., where she managed a student enrollment increase of 45 percent over three years and helped increase annual donations to the college’s foundation by 20 percent. She has more than a decade of experience teaching mathematics and statistics, and has held senior-level academic officer positions as dean of academic affairs at Manchester Community College in Connecticut, and as associate vice president for academic affairs at SUNY Cobleskill.


During her career, Eaton has presented at numerous conferences and has been published on topics that largely focus on leadership, workforce development and student retention. In 2010, she received the national Phi Theta Kappa Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction for her support of the honorary society’s mission and local chapter. That same year, she was recognized as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women by the Maryland Daily Record, one of the state’s most widely circulated newspapers.


Eaton is a current board member of the American Association of Community Colleges and, until joining Daytona State College, was president of the Maryland Association of Community Colleges. She holds Ph.D., M.S., and B.S., degrees from the University at Albany, and an A.A.S., from SUNY Cobleskill.


For more information regarding SUNY Cobleskill’s Commencement exercises, contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 518-255-5631 or visit www.cobleskill.edu

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