New VP For Instruction and Learning Welcomed

POUGHKEEPSIE – Dutchess Community College has named Raymond M. Houston, Ed.D.C.T. vice president for instruction and learning. He will begin his new role on January 17.

In his new role, Dr. Houston will oversee curricula and instruction matters, faculty, personnel and manage the College’s academic budget. The vice president will work to improve the efficiency of academic program delivery and ensure sound integration of academic and administrative resources. Dr. Houston will provide the necessary academic leadership to achieve the highest standards of teaching, learning, scholarship and student success at each of the College’s locations.

Dr. Houston comes to DCC from Westchester Community College (WCC) in Valhalla, NY, where he served as the Dean of the School of Mathematics, Science and Engineering (SMSE). Dr. Houston began working at WCC in 2010. Prior to transitioning into his role as SMSE Dean in 2018, he served as Adjunct Coordinator, Assistant Department Chair and Department Co-Chair.

Houston’s previous experience includes serving as Coordinator for Developmental Mathematics at Robert Morris University in Moon Township, PA, and as Coordinator of Mathematics and Science Tutoring at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA.

In addition to serving in leadership, Dr. Houston has taught throughout his 19-year career in higher education. He has held a tenure-track position in the Mathematics Department at WCC and lectured at Robert Morris University and Point Park University.

“I am excited to join the DCC family and it is a privilege to be the next Vice President of Instruction and Learning,” said Houston. “I look forward to meeting everyone, listening to how you contribute to the success of DCC students, and integrating myself into the DCC community.”

Houston holds an Ed.D.C.T. in Mathematics Education from Teacher’s College at Columbia University, an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from Point Park University and a B.S. in Applied Mathematics and Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Houston on board. His collaborative approach, experience and expertise are an asset to the College, and we look forward to the contributions he will bring to our learning community,” says DCC President, Dr. Peter Grant Jordan. “Special thanks to the search committee,the committee chair Scott Schnackenberg and the entire DCC community who attended the town hall meetings and participated in the selection process.”

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