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Isabella S. Crandall

Isabella S. Crandall

Chairperson

Isabella S. Crandall was originally appointed to the Herkimer County Community College Board of Trustees by Governor George Pataki on July 26, 1999. In April 2008, she was appointed by the Herkimer County Legislature, and reappointed in 2012 to serve a term through 2019. Mrs. Crandall currently serves as chair of the Board, and she previously served as vice-chair for five years and secretary for nine years. She has served on the Executive and Personnel Committees of the Board of Trustees for more than five years and is currently the Board’s NYCCT delegate and NYCCT legislative delegate. In addition, Mrs. Crandall currently serves on the Board of the Herkimer County College Foundation.

Mrs. Crandall represents Herkimer College at community functions and regularly attends board meetings, committee and campus meetings, dedications of new buildings and facilities. She also regularly attends and participates in college events, presiding at Commencement exercises and officiating at dedication ceremonies.

As a member of the College’s Board of Trustees, Isabella Crandall has provided leadership during the growth of the campus, including a number of important new capital projects and the renovation and/or expansion of existing facilities. She has also helped guide the College through the development of such innovative initiatives as the establishment of the Center for Global Learning and a consolidated student service center for streamlining enrollment services. Mrs. Crandall contributes to decisions regarding the creation of new academic programs, enrollment, finances, college policies and collective bargaining agreements. She played a central part in enhancing shared governance at the College by supporting the establishment of the Academic Senate and approving its by-laws. Most recently, Mrs. Crandall has stepped up to help provide leadership during a challenging period of transition when both the previous chairman of the board and the college president retired. In September 2014, Mrs. Crandall was honored with the Marvin A. Rapp Award for Distinguished Trustee Service. Given by the New York Community College Trustees (NYCCT), the award recognizes community college trustees with dedicated and effective service over an extended period of time.

Mrs. Crandall retired in June 2014 after 35 years of providing dedicated service to the community through her career as a special education teacher for students with disabilities. She is a member of the Association of New York State Educators of Emotionally Disturbed (ANYSEED) and Kappa Delta Pi National Honor Society in Education and participates in arts in education programming in Central New York.

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