The Inauguration of
James M. Sunser, Ed. D
as President

Jim Sunser

James. M. Sunser, Ed.D.

Dr. James M. Sunser began his tenure as the fourth president of Genesee Community College on August 1, 2011.  Before coming to GCC, Dr. Sunser served as a member of the staff of Onondaga Community College for 22 years, as Bursar (1989-1996), Vice President for Finance (1996-2004), and Vice President for Continuing and Extended Learning (2004-2011). Dr. Sunser is also an alumnus (1984) of Onondaga Community College.

A native of Syracuse, Dr. Sunser holds a B.S. degree from Syracuse University, a M.S. degree from SUNY College at Brockport, a Certificate of Advanced Study from the University of Rochester, and an Ed.D. degree from the University of Rochester.

Dr. Sunser was instrumental in a number of initiatives at Onondaga, including the construction of the Whitney Applied Technology Center, residence halls for 600 students, creation of a Center for Workforce Development, and development of new degree programs in Nuclear Technology, Sustainability, and Overhead Lineman Studies. He is a recipient of the State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service (2000). Since 2004, he has served as a member of the adjunct faculty of Keuka College.

As President of Genesee, Dr. Sunser leads a college that has achieved national acclaim for excellence and innovation. Genesee now offers 65 degree and certificate programs, which served over 7,000 students last fall.  The College expanded its nursing program over the last two years, and recently added innovative new degree programs in Veterinary Technology and Polysomnographic Technology.  Last year, more than 12,000 employees of area business firms and community residents participated in a wide variety of non-credit professional and personal training programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education has twice named Genesee one of the nation's "Great Colleges to Work For."

Dr. Sunser and his wife, Roseann are parents of three children: Ryan, 24; Sean, 21; and Casey, 18.  His hobbies include reading, especially books on leadership and history, golf, basketball and spending time with family and friends.

Dr. Sunser said that his personal and professional commitment to students will guide him in his new role. "I know firsthand how community colleges make life-changing differences to the people we serve. Making education possible is not a job. It is a vocation. I can think of no better way to spend my life, and I am humbled and honored to join with the trustees, faculty, staff, and many supporters of Genesee Community College in bringing the gift of learning to our students and our communities."