SUNY Erie Community College President Dan Hocoy has
announced the hiring of Dr. Douglas Scheidt as the College’s next Provost and
Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs. Dr. Scheidt will assume his new
role in January to replace retiring Provost Rick Washousky.
“I am happy to
welcome Dr. Scheidt to SUNY Erie as our new Chief Academic Officer,” President Hocoy
said. “He brings a wealth of experience in academic affairs, and a history of
innovative thinking and an excellent track record for improving student success
is currently the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at SUNY Canton,
a position he has held since 2015. During his time at Canton, Dr. Scheidt’s
work with the faculty and admissions staff resulted in a 20% increase in
enrollment applications. He also implemented a multi-faceted retention
initiative that increased Canton’s overall retention numbers by 9%, from
61-70%. Additionally, he oversaw the expansion of online curriculum development
resulting in an increase of total campus enrollment from 19 to 26%.
“I look forward to leading academic affairs at SUNY Erie
Community College and joining with the Board of Trustees and President Hocoy in
their commitment to student success,” Dr. Scheidt said.
to his work at SUNY Canton, Dr. Scheidt held positions of increasing rank at
the SUNY College at Brockport from 1995-2015.
President Hocoy noted that Dr. Scheidt’s experience in the
enhancement of student services is of paramount importance as the College seeks
to grow online enrollment, as well as implement customer service initiatives to
increase student support and retention. “Dr.
Scheidt is well-versed in creating a culture that enhances the student’s
learning experience. We are looking forward to his insight and leadership in
these areas,” Hocoy added.
Dr. Scheidt, who is a licensed clinical psychologist, received
a Bachelor’s with a concentration in Psychology from Colgate University and a
Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the State University of New York at
Buffalo. He is also a graduate of Harvard University’s Management and
Leadership in Education executive program.