JAMESTOWN - Maria M. Kindberg has been appointed dean of arts, humanities, and health sciences at Jamestown Community College.
"Maria will provide leadership for the many academic areas within a diverse division," said Marilyn A. Zagora, vice president of academic affairs, who also cited Kindberg's ability to continue building on the foundation of excellence and innovation established by her colleagues and predecessor, Roslin Newton, who retired this summer.
Kindberg oversaw College Connections, JCC's concurrent enrollment program that provides college course opportunities for high school students from 2006 to 2014. The program, which achieved National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships accreditation in 2009, offered 52 different credit courses in 40 area high schools during the 2013-2014 academic year, serving 1,785 students across the region.
She served as president of the New York Concurrent Enrollment Partnership, an organization of 23 New York community college personnel involved in concurrent enrollment programs, from 2009 to 2012.
Kindberg earned a bachelor's degree at the State University of New York at Geneseo, a master's degree at SUNY Fredonia, and teaching certification at St. Bonaventure University.
Kindberg was a member of the Chautauqua County Legislature from 1996-1999 and 2003-201l. She served in various leadership positions in both the minority and majority caucuses, including majority leader, and was chair of the legislature's economic development committee.
Kindberg's public service also included membership on the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency board of directors. She also served on the boards of the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County and the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony and was a member of the Babe Ruth World Series Committee.