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June 9, 2014

Jablonski to leave CCC

PLATTSBURGH —  John Jablonski will soon leave his post as president of Clinton Community College. 

The school leader submitted his resignation Friday and will officially step down Thursday, June 12. 

Jablonski told the Press-Republican it is “time for a new chapter” in his life. 

“I love Clinton and have only good things to say about the five years (my wife), Kelly, and I were here,” he said. 

The Peru resident is in the final stages of completing his doctorate degree and indicated he plans to focus on finishing his doctoral dissertation after leaving CCC.  

“I’ll use this opportunity to finish that work up and look for my next position,” he said. 

Jablonski became the seventh president of Clinton Community on June 1, 2009. Before that, he served as the vice president for academic services at Fulton-Montgomery Community College in Fulton County. 

Jablonski noted that he will leave his post with a good feeling about CCC.

“I really have enjoyed my time here at Clinton,” he said. “I’m proud of the things we’ve accomplished here together.”

In an email announcing his departure plans to faculty and staff last Friday, Jablonski pointed to several of these accomplishments, including “the development of several new academic programs, the construction of the Coolidge Student Support Services Center, strong business and industry partnerships that helped us to secure several grants and major gifts, the successful implementations of the CAMS student information system and the Dynamics management information system.”

He also noted how the college was recently named one of the Best Community Colleges in the nation by Washington Monthly magazine.

“I hope you are as proud as I am of our collective accomplishments,” Jablonski said in the email. 

The president told the Press-Republican he had no immediate plans to move out of the area. However, he noted, that could change when the time comes for him to take another position.

Jablonski said he couldn’t say how Clinton Community would go about finding his replacement. 

A call to the school’s Board of Trustees Chairperson Nina Coolidge was not returned Sunday. 

“As the college begins the next chapter in its history, I wish you all the best,” Jablonski said in his email to CCC employees. 

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