Monroe Community College has named Dr. Joel Frater executive dean of the school’s Damon City Campus. Frater is currently assistant provost for diversity, and director of the Institute for Engaged Learning, at SUNY Brockport. He will assume the new position July 8.
As executive dean, Frater will be responsible for the development, management, and leadership of the campus, as well as lead the establishment of the college’s new downtown campus in the High Falls neighborhood. That campus is slated to open in Fall 2017.
“Dr. Frater brings to MCC’s downtown, campus wide and valuable experience in higher education, coupled with strong community ties,” said MCC President Anne Kress. “He will lead the transition to, and launch of, our new downtown campus, ensuring that MCC’s commitment to excellence, and access, can be enhanced, and expanded in service to our community.”
“I am honored to be selected executive dean of MCC’s Damon City Campus,” Frater stated. “I look forward to ushering in the next era for MCC with the move of the downtown campus to State St., and working collaboratively with students, faculty, staff, administrators, board members, and the community in continuing MCC’s strong commitment to community engagement, and academic excellence, at its downtown campus.”
Kress said Frater brings more than 20 years of experience to the position. In addition, officials said, during his tenure at Brockport, he helped develop and implement strategic diversity initiatives, and led an institute that serves to match students with experiential learning opportunities, including internships and collaborative research.
He also held positions in SUNY Brockport’s Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies, including department chair, graduate coordinator, and associate professor.
Prior to joining Brockport, Frater had been a lecturer at East Carolina University.
He earned a doctor of education degree in sport and recreation management, with an emphasis on tourism and hospitality management, and a master of education degree in therapeutic recreation, both from Temple University. Additionally, Frater earned a bachelor’s degree in recreation management from Cheyney University of Pennsylvania.
He also participated in Harvard University’s Institute for Management and Leadership in Education, in 2010, and served as an American Council on Education Fellow at the Rochester Institute of Technology from 2013 to 2014.
Frater is currently president of the Rochester Jamaican Organization, a non-profit organization aimed at improving the educational, and social conditions, of individuals in Rochester and Jamaica, West Indies.