Dr. Susan Zimmermann Named SUNY Cobleskill Provost

SUNY Cobleskill selects Dr. Zimmermann, Interim Dean of its School of Business and Liberal Arts and Sciences, to replace Dr. Debra Thatcher as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs as she assumes the role of Acting President.

Dr. Susan Zimmermann of Richmondville, NY, has been appointed to Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at SUNY Cobleskill, effective June 1. She will replace Dr. Debra Thatcher, who has been serving as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs since January 2011. Dr. Thatcher was recently chosen to be Acting President beginning June 1.
"Dr. Zimmermann is a creative, results-oriented leader whose commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of students, faculty and staff is exemplary," according to Dr. Thatcher. Dr. Zimmermann began her Cobleskill career as a residence hall director in 1992. She joined the faculty ranks in 1999 as an instructor, and rose to the rank of full professor.

Most recently, Dr. Zimmermann has served as Interim Dean of the School of Business and Liberal Arts and Sciences at SUNY Cobleskill, working closely with faculty in four academic departments. She served as chairperson for the Department of Humanities, Communications and Graphic Design for five years, overseeing the development of baccalaureate programs in both Communications and Graphic Design.

"As an academic leader, Dr. Zimmermann has been instrumental in the success of important new initiatives such as the First Year Experience program, College in the High School and Smart Scholars programs, degree completion partnerships with community colleges, and international education programs," according to Dr. Thatcher. "I look forward to working with her as SUNY Cobleskill continues to expand its leadership role as the northeast's leading college of technology by hiring new faculty and building modern facilities to support our academic and student life programs."


Dr. Zimmermann graduated from SUNY New Paltz in 1988, earning a B.A. with honors in English Literature. She was awarded a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship to pursue her graduate work at the University of Newcastle in New South Wales, Australia, earning an M.A. in English Literature, and teaching part-time for both the Department of English and the Open Foundation Program. In 2002, Dr. Zimmermann was awarded a University of Newcastle Postgraduate Scholarship to pursue her Ph.D. in English Literature.

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