Alumni Employee Award
Deborah S. Dunbar '88
2023 Ann Marie Rossi '76 Alumni-Employee Awardee
Deborah Dunbar is a 1988 graduate of CCC with an Associate of Applied Arts, Business Administration. She would continue her education and in 1995 would receive her BS in Business Management & Economics from SUNY Empire State; and finally, in 2003 an MS in Business Policy from SUNY Empire State as well.
Past employment included Administrative Assistant and Marketing at Purolator Products Elmira and a Financial Analyst at Corning Incorporated. She taught business courses at CCC first as an adjunct and for Workforce Development, and started as full time faculty in 2003. She has been a Certified Administrative Professional through International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) since 2011 and is a past-President of the Elmira-Corning Chapter.
Deborah has received several local awards. She was named Chemung County Council of Women: Woman of Achievement in 2013 for contributing to the advancement of women in the community and awarded CCC Regional Board of Trustees Excellence in Teaching Award in 2013.
She is a member of Corning Incorporated's Administrative Talent Pipeline, had served as Interim Associate Dean of Instruction for Business & Computing Division for CCC for 2013-2014 academic year, as well as serving as the Business Department Chairperson. She developed a new course: "Professionalism in the Workplace," developed an alternative classroom management style called "Company-Baron Enterprises" where instructors were the director and students "employees" to offer students a simulated work environment, and created the Accelerated Business Program where students could take classes online and one night a week in six week terms, completing their degrees in 18 months.
Deborah created a new Program Concentration: Management within the AAS Business program, managed student practicums at Corning Incorporated, served as ACE Business Liaison, and served as Co-Chair of CCC's Middle States Reaccreditation 2022-2023. In 2015, she served on Middle States Steering Committee. Deborah coordinated Student Awards Ceremonies, served as Faculty Mentor for CCC's Business Club, served as Chairperson for Faculty Assembly Committees: Sustainability, Assessment and Curriculum Committees, and served as Secretary/Treasurer for Faculty Assembly. She completed CCC's Leadership Academy through CCC's Professional Development Office.
"In all the ways that Deb serves, she leads with great positivity, integrity, organization and is always motivated by a desire to serve our students and our community with excellence first and foremost." Debbie Beall writes, "Deb’s vision, commitment to student success and strong work ethic have positioned our students, our programs in the Business department, and SUNY CCC to take the lead in meeting the needs of our business partners in our community."