PLATTSBURGH — Fred Smith has been named temporary leader of Clinton Community College.
At a recent meeting, the school's Board of Trustees unanimously voted in favor of his appointment as interim president, subject to approval by the SUNY Board of Trustees.
Until such approval is granted, Smith, who has served as the college's interim vice president for student affairs for the past academic year, is officially CCC's officer in charge.
He takes over the duties of former president John Jablonski, who resigned on June 12 after five years at the school.
Edward Klein will take over the student affairs position on July 1.
Several factors contributed to Smith's selection as interim president, according to CCC Board of Trustees Chairwoman Nina Coolidge, including that it will allow him to remain on campus and assist Klein in his new position.
"There are many decisions to be made in the near future, and he (Smith) has been part of the president's council, knowing the needs and challenges in each department," she said in a written statement to the Press-Republican.
"He has also worked closely with the other vice presidents to assist in a smooth transition."
Before serving as academic dean at Clinton Community from 1989 to 1994, Smith was a dean and vice president of academic affairs at SUNY Cobleskill, where he also taught accounting.
He later ran the Alice T. Miner Museum in Chazy before returning to higher education as interim leader of North Country Community College.
Smith believes one of his duties as interim president of CCC is to lead the school in addressing the major issues it faces, one of which is enrollment.
Most colleges are struggling in that department, he noted, with one contributing factor being declining high-school populations.