GCC names Student Success Center in honor of retiring president, James Sunser

Photo courtesy of GCC: The Student Success Center, which opened in 2017, now bears the name of Dr. James Sunser.

Posted 29 May 2024 at 9:19 pm

Press Release, Genesee Community College

BATAVIA – Genesee Community College proudly announces the renaming of its Student Success Center to the James M. Sunser Student Success Center, in honor of the retiring president’s distinguished service and commitment to student success.

Photo by Tom Rivers: Dr. James Sunser gives the commencement address on May 18 during GCC’s graduation ceremony. Sunser is retiring after leading the college the past 13 years.

Dr. Sunser, a visionary leader in education, has served as the president of Genesee Community College for 13 years, leaving an indelible mark on both the institution and the lives of countless students.

During his tenure, he oversaw initiatives that fostered academic excellence, student engagement and growth, including the construction of the Student Success Center and the Richard C. Call Arena. Dr. Sunser has announced his intention to retire at the conclusion of the 2023-2024 academic year.

With the opening of the Student Success Center in 2017 as the new “front door” of the main campus, GCC introduced a new student success coaching model providing efficient enrollment and student services with a new level of intentional engagement focused on students’ academic and personal success.

“This recognition is a testament to the collective efforts of our dedicated faculty, staff, and students who have worked tirelessly to create an environment where every student can thrive,” Sunser said. “Our goal has always been to provide the support and resources needed for students to achieve their dreams, and I am deeply grateful for this acknowledgment of our shared commitment to their success.”

A hub for academic support services, career development resources, and extracurricular opportunities, the Center embodies Dr. Sunser’s belief in providing students with the tools and guidance needed to thrive both inside and outside the classroom.

“We are honored to rename our Student Success Center after Dr. James M. Sunser, whose leadership has profoundly impacted our college community,” said Jacalyn Whiting, Chair of the GCC Board of Trustees.