The President's Office

Presidential Search Finalists to Visit the College on December 1st and 2nd

November 18, 2021

The SUNY Erie Community College Presidential Search Committee has completed its confidential interviews with a field of highly qualified semi-finalists for the presidency of SUNY Erie Community College.  Following these interviews, the Search Committee selected four candidates as finalists. We are pleased to report that these candidates have been invited and have accepted our invitation to visit campus. 

The campus interviews will be held on December 1 and 2.  Each candidate will offer a presentation to the College community centered on the theme “Leading SUNY Erie Into the Future”.

The presentations will be 30 minutes in length, followed by a 30-minute Question-and-Answer session facilitated by the search co-chairs. All presentations will be held in the Gleasner Auditorium at North Campus.

Please mark your calendars for the following events:

Finalist: Dr. Tammy Robinson
Presentation: December 1, 2021 from 9:15-10:15 a.m.

Finalist: Dr. James Malm
Presentation: December 1, 2021 from 2:15-3:15 p.m.

Finalist: Dr. Adiam Tsegai
Presentation: December 2, 2021 from 9:15-10:15 a.m.

Finalist: Dr. David Balkin
Presentation: December 2, 2021 from 2:15-3:15 p.m.

Staff and students may submit questions for consideration to be included during the Q&A session to sandy@ecc.edu by 5:00 p.m. (EST) on Tuesday, November 23, 2021.



Danise Wilson
Chair, Board of Trustees and Co-Chair, Presidential Search Committee

Len Lenihan
Member, Board of Trustees and Co-Chair, Presidential Search Committee

Presidential Finalists


Dr. Tammy Robinson
Vice President, Instruction, Canada College
Dr. Tammy Robinson has been the Vice President of Instruction at Cañada College in Redwood City, CA. She previously served as the Dean, Global Learning Programs and Services and Social Science and Creative Arts at Skyline College in San Bruno, CA and as the Interim Vice President of Academic Services Services/Athletic Director/CIO at Lassen Community College in Susanville, CA.

Dr. Robinson holds a Doctorate in Education with an emphasis in Community College Administration from the University of Southern California, a Master of Arts degree in English with an emphasis in Rhetoric and Composition from California State University, Dominguez Hills, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles and an Associate of Arts degree in Social Science from Cerritos College.


Dr. James Malm
Chancellor, University of New Mexico Gallup
Dr. James Malm assumed the role of Chancellor at the University of New Mexico, Gallup Campus in November 2017. Prior to that he served as an executive vice president at Mohave Community College in Kingman, Ariz. Additionally, he possesses more than 25 years of higher education administrative leadership and instructional experience from Penn State Harrisburg, Baltimore County Community College, Colorado State University Pueblo, and Laramie County Community College Albany County.

Dr. Malm earned a Doctor of Management from the University of Maryland University College, and Master of Public Administration and Bachelor of Science degrees from Penn State.


Dr. Adiam Tsegai
Interim Provost, SUNY Erie
Dr. Adiam Tsegai was appointed as the Interim Provost at SUNY Erie in July 2021. Having joined SUNY Erie in 2018, her prior roles at the College include Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs of Health Sciences, Engineering and Technologies and Dean of Engineering and Technologies. Prior to her time at SUNY Erie, Dr. Tsegai held positions of increasing rank at Bryant and Stratton College from 2002-2018.

In addition to earning her Ph.D. in Educational and Leadership Policy and Social Foundations from the University at Buffalo, Dr. Tsegai received her M.Ed. in General Education, her B.A. in Psychology and African American Studies, and Associate Degree in Liberal Arts and Social Science from SUNY Erie.

Dr. David Balkin
Chancellor, Ivy Tech Community College, South Bend-Elkhart
Dr. David Balkin assumed the role of Chancellor for the South Bend-Elkhart campus of Ivy Tech Community College (Indiana) in September 2019. Prior to that he served as associate director of regional development and as the Managing Director of the Nano Science and Technology Center at the University of Notre Dame. Additionally, Dr. Balkin had nearly 20 years of experience in senior management positions in business and industry, particularly in the areas of finance, aerospace and engineering.

Dr. Balkin earned his Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Science and Engineering, and a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science from the University of Notre Dame.

Search Consultant/Firm

After a comprehensive RFP process, SUNY Erie Community College's Board of Trustees has selected AGB Search to assist in the search for the College's next president.

Founded by the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) in 2010, AGB Search offers executive search, interim search, and compensation evaluation services exclusively for higher education institutions.

The search team at AGB will be led by Mr. Fred Moore and Ms. Kim Bobby.

Search Committee

The Presidential Search Committee will assist in developing promotional materials, reviewing applications, and completing other search tasks, leading to the recommendation of a final pool of candidates to the SUNY Erie Board of Trustees and, ultimately, the SUNY Board of Trustees. Selected committee members reflect the diversity of the College community and include trustees, faculty, students, administrators and other community stakeholders.

Members Of The Presidential Search Committee

SUNY Erie Community College’s Board of Trustees are pleased to announce the members of the Presidential Search Committee:

Len Lenihan, Committee Co-Chair, SUNY Erie Board of Trustees
Danise Wilson, Committee Co-Chair, SUNY Erie Board of Trustees
Kate Masiello, SUNY Erie Board of Trustees
Jeff Stone, SUNY Erie Board of Trustees
Travis Poling, Student Trustee, SUNY Erie Board of Trustees
Mark Poloncarz, Erie County Executive
April Baskin, Chair, Erie County Legislature
Tim Meyers, Majority Leader, Erie County Legislature
Joseph Lorigo, Minority Leader, Erie County Legislature
Andy Sako, FFECC President, SUNY Erie Community College
Maureen Doyle, AAECC President, SUNY Erie Community College
Erika Hendra, College Senate representative, SUNY Erie Community College
Petrina Hill-Cheatom, Dean of Students representative, SUNY Erie Community College
Tracy Archie, Chief Diversity Officer, SUNY Erie Community College
Elaine Gross, SUNY Erie Community College
Jill O'Malley, SUNY Erie Professor/Kenmore Town Board
Darren Brown-Hall, Superintendent, Williamsville Central School District
Demone Smith, Executive Director, Buffalo Employment & Training Center
Stephen Tucker, President & CEO, Northland Workforce Training Center
Tom Webb, SUNY Erie Instructor/Attorney
Keith Lewis, Superintendent, Lackawanna School District
Christopher Musialowski, Executive Director, SUNY Erie Foundation

Interim President

The Board established a leadership transition with the approval of the SUNY Erie Board appointment of William D. Reuter as interim president for the campus. His role is effective July 1, 2020.

Reuter previously served as SUNY Erie’s chief administrative and finance officer from 1998-2017 and held the role of interim president at the college from 2006-2008. He has held the position of chief administrative and finance officer at Hudson Valley Community College since 2017.

"SUNY Erie is pleased to welcome Bill back to the College to serve in the role of interim president,” said Lenihan. “Bill’s extensive knowledge of the SUNY system and the College makes him precisely the right person to lead SUNY Erie at this transitional point in our history. The Board and I are looking forward to working with him as we recover from this unprecedented time and pave the way for our next president."

Reuter had also previously served as chief financial officer and treasurer at the Erie County Industrial Development Agency, deputy comptroller in the Erie County Comptroller’s Office and as a management consultant in the Erie County Budget Office.