SUNY Canton Chief of Staff Named Dean at Yakima Community College

SUNY Canton Chief of Staff Carli Schiffner has been selected to serve as the new Dean of Arts and Sciences at Yakima Valley Community College in Washington. Schiffner will begin her new position in late July.

“Carli has been an integral part of our management team during one of the most progressive and successful eras in the college’s history,” said President Joseph L. Kennedy. “Given her accomplishments as an administrator and professor combined with her academic credentials, it’s not a surprise that another college would recruit her to join their staff. I’m certain she will continue to be tremendously successful. We’re going to miss Carli both professionally and personally, but we are happy for her and her family.”

In her new position as Dean of Arts and Sciences, Schiffner will lead the academic initiatives of more than 50 faculty members along with 10 staff members.

Schiffner joined SUNY Canton in August 2003. Her responsibilities as Chief of Staff have included: acting as the college liaison for local, state, and federal government officials; advising the president on matters of academics, budget, and staffing; serving as the president’s representative on and off campus; and mediating student and faculty concerns. She has also played a leading role as an advocate of women’s issues on campus.

“I am really excited about this next step in my career and to be back in my ‘home state’ near family and friends,” said Schiffner. “However, I am very sad to leave my SUNY Canton family, particularly my mentors here – President Kennedy, Provost Brown, and Dean Graveline. Above all, I will miss the students at SUNY Canton who have helped me grow as a professor.”

Yakima Valley Community College is one of the oldest community colleges in the state of Washington. Founded in 1928, the college has a long tradition of quality in teaching and in its commitment to students. Yakima Valley Community College is a public, two-year institution of higher education which is a part of one of the best comprehensive community college systems in the nation. The college offers programs in adult basic education, English-as-a-second-language, lower division arts and sciences, professional and technical education, and community services.

Schiffner received a bachelor’s degree from Gonzaga University in 1996, followed by a master’s degree at Drew University in 1998 and a doctorate from Washington State University in 2004.


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