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Inauguration Celebration of Dr. Ty A. Stone Sixth President of Jefferson Community College

On Friday, April 6, 2018, Jefferson Community College celebrated the official inauguration of Dr. Ty A. Stone, sixth president of Jefferson Community College. Students, faculty and staff, state and local community leaders, academic delegates from across the region, Fort Drum officials and the State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor, Dr. Kristina M. Johnson, participated in the formal ceremony. Speakers representing the various constituents offered congratulations and words of encouragement to Dr. Stone and the College. Dr. Stone was presented a College medallion that represents the integrity and responsibility of the presidential office. The medallion is engraved with the words Honoring the Past, Challenging the Present, Creating the Future, honoring the College’s 57-year history of educational leadership in the North Country and celebrating the opportunity for continued growth.

An inauguration is a formal installation of a new leader coming to office, but Dr. Stone began her tenure at Jefferson in July and has rapidly immersed herself in the campus and local community. Workforce development is one of Dr. Stone’s six strategic priorities, outlined in December, to which she referred in her inaugural address. “You need us (Jefferson) to craft workforce solutions that allow your company to hire and retain local talent to fill the jobs at your companies, on your farms, and in your offices. You need us to be current on industry trends and practices so that new employees come to you with the skills needed to help move your business forward,” remarked Dr. Stone during the ceremony.

The formal program included several speakers in addition to Dr. Stone, including representatives of: the student body, Courtnee N. Denton, Student Trustee; Jefferson faculty and staff, Linda S. Dening ‘86, Professor of Accounting and president of the Faculty Association of JCC; and Kimberly S. Stearns ‘88, Liberal Arts Division Secretary and president of the Educational Support Professionals Association; JCC Foundation, Theresa L. Quintin, President of JCC Foundation; area schools, Stephen J. Todd, Superintendent, Jefferson-Lewis BOCES; U.S. Army, BG Patrick J. Donahoe, Deputy Commanding General, 10th Mountain Division (L.I.) and Fort Drum; the City of Watertown, Joseph M. Butler, Jr., Mayor; the College’s sponsor, Jefferson County, Scott A. Gray, Chair, Jefferson County Board of Legislators; Jefferson Board of Trustees, Nathan P. Hunter, Vice Chair; and State University of New York, Dr. Kristina M. Johnson, Chancellor. The master of ceremonies was distinguished alumna Dr. Marie Hess ’74, retired Professor of Nursing and current Interim Director of the Nursing Program. Special performances included an original poetry reading by Dr. CJ Southworth, Assistant Professor of English and a special musical performance by Dr. Stone’s son, Nelson Stone III and his friend Noah Foskuhl, both high school seniors at Styvers School of the Arts in Dayton, Ohio. They were accompanied by members of the College’s Jazz Ensemble.

Jefferson is one of 30 community colleges in the SUNY system and SUNY administration was part of the selection process for the new president and sent several representatives to the formal Inauguration. “On behalf of the Board of Trustees it is my honor to congratulate Dr. Stone on her inauguration,” said SUNY Chairman H. Carl McCall. “She is committed to her work to build on the mission of Jefferson Community College, ensuring academic excellence for students, and providing a supportive environment for students, faculty, and staff. At the same time, she is immersing herself in the community to understand what needs to be achieved and work in collaboration with government leaders and businesses.”

“Dr. Stone brings with her to Jefferson Community College a longstanding career in higher education from strategic and enrollment planning to human resources to fiscal management, and these experiences have positively informed her ability to lead as the College’s president,” said SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson. “Since becoming president, she has also become a partner to the community and more importantly an advocate for our students and faculty to build on the academic mission of the campus. Congratulations to Dr. Stone on her inauguration.”

President Stone’s passion for Jefferson students is unwavering, as she stated during the ceremony “students are at the heart of our institution and the core of our mission. We must remain vigilant on proving that education changes lives, because, quite frankly, it does. Each day, our faculty, counselors, financial aid officers, librarians, groundskeepers, tutors, and all of those in between who comprise the strong network of professionals on this campus, work tirelessly to support our students inside and outside of the classroom.”

The College hosted several events the week of inauguration to celebrate this milestone in College history, including a field day for students and faculty/staff, a campus UNO card game, and a formal event for the community hosted by the JCC Foundation. Held in the historic Empsall Building in downtown Watertown, “An Evening with the President: A Community Celebration of Dr. Stone’s Inauguration” was attended by over 300 guests helping to welcome Dr. Stone and her family and friends to Jefferson. The evening featured a strolling dinner with locally-sourced cuisine from RJ’s Catering and music provided by Ryan Grant and Jim Burr & Company. The event helped to establish a scholarship in honor of Dr. Stone’s inauguration. More than $6,500 was raised for the “Presidential Scholarship for Workforce Training at JCC,” a scholarship chosen by Dr. Stone that directly reflects her priority of workforce training and development through education.

“An Evening with the President” was sponsored Westelcom; Purcell Construction Corporation; BCA Architects and Engineers; S & L Specialty Contracting; Conboy, McKay, Bachman & Kendall, LLP; Community Bank, N.A; Haylor, Freyer, & Coon, Inc.; Northern Glass Company, Inc.; New York Air Brake; RBC Wealth Management; Samaritan Medical Center; and Watertown Savings Bank, Inc.

President Stone is the sixth president of the College. Dr. Carole A. McCoy retired in June 2017 after her ten-year presidency at the College.

Dr. Stone came to Jefferson from Dayton, Ohio. She holds a doctorate in organization and management from Capella University, a master’s in business administration from Trinity University, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Columbia Union College. She is a veteran of the United States Air Force where she served as an air traffic controller. Her most recent position was Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at Sinclair Community College in Dayton.


Jefferson Community College President Ty A. Stone (left) and State University of New York Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson pictured above at the inauguration ceremony for Dr. Stone at Jefferson on Friday, April 6, 2018.Dr. Stone and SUNY Chancellor Johnson: Jefferson Community College President Ty A. Stone (left) and State University of New York Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson pictured above at the inauguration ceremony for Dr. Stone at Jefferson on Friday, April 6, 2018.

Jefferson Community College President Ty A. Stone (left) and State University of New York Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson.