Chartered in 1966, Genesee Community College (GCC) welcomed its first class of 378 full-time and 243 part-time students in September 1967. Today, GCC has more than 58 different associate degrees and certificate programs, and continues to develop and implement new academic programs aimed at future careers. To meet an expanding educational need, GCC has a main campus in Batavia and six additional campus centers in the surrounding communities including: Albion and Medina in Orleans County, Dansville and Lima in Livingston County, and Arcade and Warsaw in Wyoming County, in addition to an online campus.
Dr. James M. Sunser
Striving to be the “center of educational excellence and innovation,” GCC is led by Dr. James M. Sunser, who became the college’s fourth president in 2011. In its effort to empower individuals, organizations,
and communities to meet the demands of a changing world, Sunser and GCC have six strategic priorities: student readiness and access, student success and completion, faculty and staff success, economic development and impact,
college culture, and sustainability.
To meet its mission and educational needs of its nearly 7,000 students, GCC employs 90 full-time and 258 part-time faculty and 301 staff members. Sunser is particularly proud of the rich student diversity of GCC. He shares, “We are delighted by our vibrant, multicultural student community. While Genesee is a rural college, students come from urban, suburban and rural communities across New York State and from more than 25 nations
across our globe. This diverse student body enriches us all.” With the strategic goal of faculty and staff success, GCC has adopted policies and procedures to “provide an atmosphere that promotes and supports continuous personal and professional improvement” and “develop programs and processes to promote college-wide collaboration.”