On Wednesday during a special meeting, the Board of Trustees of Cayuga Community College accepted the retirement of College President Daniel P. Larson, effective November 4, 2013.
Dr. Larson steps down after six years as president at Cayuga. He came to Cayuga in 2007, having previously served as Vice-President for Instruction at Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica, N.Y. During his tenure at Cayuga, the College built a national reputation as a leader in entrepreneurial education and a model of infusing entrepreneurial experiences, lessons, and projects across all disciplines. Dr. Larson, currently board chair of the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship, worked closely with faculty members and community partners on the development and promotion of the entrepreneurship program at Cayuga. He was invited to participate in meetings about higher education and entrepreneurship at the White House in Washington, D.C., in Fall 2012, and has presented nationally on the topic.
Dr. Larson oversaw the purchase, renovation, and development of a new facility for the Fulton Campus at River Glen, which opened in August 2012. He worked with the College Foundation and Cayuga County Legislature to ensure that the campus would have room to grow in the decades to come through the Foundation purchase of the remaining River Glen Plaza and the College purchase of the adjoining 45 acres of undeveloped land. Since opening in Fall 2012, the new Fulton Campus has provided state-of the-art learning space to thousands of students and has hosted dozens of community meetings and events.
Leading with an entrepreneurial and collaborative style, Dr. Larson has helped Cayuga forge new partnerships at the community, state, and national levels. In 2010, the College signed a 25-year agreement with the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival to share use of the new College 300-seat theatre in downtown Auburn, seeing the joint venture as being beneficial to the College, the festival, and the broader region. The two groups held a groundbreaking on the Schwartz Family Performing Arts Center on September 23, 2013.
"We thank Dr. Larson for his commitment and service to the College," said Board Chair Jeff Edwards. "His vision and leadership helped the College establish a new and larger home for our Fulton Campus and laid the groundwork for several initiatives that provide a path of where Cayuga can head in the future."
Dr. Larson expressed his gratitude to the board and the College community, and said he expects to spend some time initially with family members and to remain active in the Auburn community. He will work on projects at the direction of the Board.
"It has been an honor to serve as President of Cayuga Community College," Dr. Larson said. "I am grateful to the College trustees for their support and to the College community for stepping up to meet the challenges that Cayuga faces, like higher education institutions across the nation. As the College celebrates its 60th anniversary this Fall, the next sixty years will continue to bring change and evolution, and the College will remain an outstanding educator to all who walk through its doors."
To find an interim president, the Board of Trustees is contracting with the Registry, a national search firm specializing in higher education presidents and senior administrators. The Board hopes to have three candidates for interim president on campus for interviews by mid-October, with a decision reached shortly thereafter.
Complete Statement of Cayuga Community College Board of Trustees Chair Jeff Edwards
"On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I wish to thank Dr. Larson for his commitment and service to the College. Under his leadership, the College opened a new, expanded campus in Fulton to educate students throughout Oswego and surrounding counties. He maintained an ambitious agenda for the College and established Cayuga as a leader in entrepreneurship within SUNY and across the nation. Dr. Larson was steadfast in his resolve to move the College forward, and he pursued partnerships with community organizations and businesses to extend initiatives beyond what the College was capable of doing on its own. He laid the groundwork for several initiatives that provide a path of where Cayuga can head in the future.
"We wish him a happy, prosperous, and fulfilling retirement."