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SUNY Erie Names Dr. Douglas Scheidt as New Provost

Article by: Paula Sandy

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 and access.”

Dr. Scheidt, 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. 

Prior 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.

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