Steven J. Tyrell

Dr. Steven J. Tyrell

Dr. Steven Tyrell headshot

Dr. Steven J. Tyrell has served as President of North Country Community College since June 2012. Since his arrival, Dr. Tyrell has been promoting the importance of the College reinvesting in the municipalities where its’ three campuses are located. In addition, he has co-authored three consolidated funding applications for consideration by the North Country Regional Economic Development Council that directly ties regional job creation to municipal revitalization and economic development. Since spring 2013, Dr. Tyrell has regularly brought municipal leaders, elected officials and private investors together to plan how best to bring the State’s new program - STARTUP NY to Saranac Lake, Ticonderoga and Malone, New York.  He is committed to higher education’s responsibility to take an active and central leadership role in growing the North Country and the State of New York.

Dr. Tyrell previously served as Vice President for Student Affairs at Alfred State College (2004-2012). Prior to Alfred State College, he served as Associate Dean for Student Discipline at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Associate Dean for Student Affairs at Michigan Tech and in various positions in residence life, student activities and student union operations at SUNY New Paltz. Dr. Tyrell has a PhD in Rhetoric and Technical Communication from Michigan Tech, a MA in Educational Administration and Supervision and a BS in Speech Communication, both from SUNY New Paltz. He is completing his 31st year in higher education and his 21st in SUNY.

Dr. Tyrell has been active on a number of state and national associations’ committees including ACPA’s Commission on Administrative Leadership, ACPA Professional Skills and Knowledge Competencies, and the NASPA/ACPA Joint Committee on Developing Professional Standards. He recently served as president of the SUNY’s Council of Chief Student Affairs Officers. He currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Student Affairs and is a faculty member in ACPA’s Mid-Level Management Institute. He also has served on a number of Middle States’ accreditation visitation teams since 2004.

Dr. Tyrell has published, presented papers and served as an invited keynote speaker on topics ranging from effectiveness and politics in higher education, academic integrity, assessing community development in the residence halls, crisis management, managing issues related to students at risk, effective intervention strategies for alcohol and drugs, applying student development theories and models to practice, middle managerial discourse, developing student learning outcomes assessment programs, conflict and communication, to strategic planning, assessment and resource allocation. He has also served as adjunct faculty teaching interpersonal communication at SUNY New Paltz and Michigan Tech.

For over two decades, Dr. Tyrell has been active in various community service organizations in New York and Michigan. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Adirondack Economic Development Council and for St. Joseph’s Addiction Treatment and Recovery Centers. He is a native New Yorker from upstate New York. He has two children, Zachary and Emma.