December 8, 2021

TC3 says leadership transition planning in works

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Cortland Standard file photo of Tompkins Cortland Community College President Orinthia Montague, shown in her office on the college’s main campus in Dryden in 2017.

DRYDEN — Tompkins Cortland Community College’s plan to replace President Orinthia Montague after she leaves the college this summer will be announced later, a college spokesman said Wednesday.

Montague announced July 7 that she was leaving the college on Aug. 23 for Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin, Tennessee.

The college’s board of trustees met Monday to discuss for how the college will move forward after Montague leaves, said Peter Voorhees, the college’s public information officer. The meeting was entirely in an executive session and the board took no action.

“I anticipate the board or board chair will have a statement later this month, possibly after Orinthia is formally appointed to her new post by the Tennessee Board of Regents and our board formally accepts her resignation, or when the our board has a better idea of what we are doing moving forward in terms of interim leadership,” Voorhees said in an email.

Montague could not be reached for comment Wednesday. However, Montague said in her statement that she came to TC3 in 2017 and that she had grown “personally and professionally” during her time at the college.

“TC3 is an exceptional institution with tremendous faculty, staff, and students and gem — within the SUNY system,” she wrote. “But when I was approached to apply for this opportunity, I explored the possibilities and it became clear that this was an opportunity I could not pass up.”

She also said that further information as the college transitions after she leaves would be shared following the meeting Monday.

Before joining TC3, Montague was the dean of students and later the vice president of student affairs and chief diversity officer at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, Minnesota, according to her TC3 biography.

She also held positions at the University of Missouri-St.Louis, including student service coordinator, director of student life, assistant vice provost and eventually associate vice provost and dean of students.

“My heart is forever full of wonderful memories at TC3 and my door is forever open to all of my TC3 family,” Montague said in her statement.