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April 23, 2014

PSU grad has new role at college

PLATTSBURGH — A former assistant director for transfer admissions at SUNY Plattsburgh has been named the college’s assistant to the vice president for administration.

Sean Dermody, a 2002 political-science graduate, is now assisting Vice President for Administration John Homburger.

“Sean represents another solid building block in the foundation for the future of SUNY Plattsburgh,” Homburger said. 

‘THE PIECES FIT’

Dermody was most recently registrar at Clinton Community College.

“I’m really excited about returning to SUNY Plattsburgh,” he said in a news release from SUNY Plattsburgh.

“Being away from (SUNY) Plattsburgh made me realize how much I loved it. As a student here, I encountered faculty and staff on a different level. I know the transformative powers Plattsburgh has. 

“And for me to have the ability to play even a small role in that appeals to me.”

In his new position, Dermody will be responsible for campus compliance and policy issues, Freedom of Information Law matters and other regulatory and legal issues that may arise.

“I’ve always been interested in legal and compliance issues,” he said. “One of my favorite classes was Dr. Olivia O’Donnell’s compliance class.

“All the pieces of the job fit; it looked like me, and it appealed to me to re-join the Plattsburgh family.”

‘HUGE DIFFERENCE’

Dermody grew up in Vermont but moved to Plattsburgh when his father became food-service director for Marriott when the company held the contract on campus.

In the 12 years since his graduation, he served as a SUNY Plattsburgh admissions adviser from 2003 to 2007 and was then appointed assistant director for transfer admissions, a position he held through 2011, when he moved on to the registrar position at CCC.

He met his wife, the former Katherine Morris, in the SUNY Plattsburgh Honors Center when he was a junior and she was a freshman. They have a 16-month-old daughter, Margaret Alice.

“I am very thankful for who I am today because of the experiences this place had for me,” Dermody said. “SUNY Plattsburgh was very good to me; the people here made a huge difference in my life.”

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