BETHLEHEM, PA (07/10/2018) Following a national search, Scott J. Blair has joined Northampton Community College (NCC) as chief diversity officer. Blair comes to Northampton from the State University of New York (SUNY), College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), Syracuse, New York, where he served as director of student diversity and inclusion initiatives and worked with the college's chief diversity officer, directing all aspects of the college's diversity and inclusion initiatives and programming endeavors. During his time at SUNY-ESF, Blair served as interim chief diversity officer and other roles within Academic Success and Support Services. Blair also served as the head men's basketball coach.
Prior to that he worked in Residence Life at Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y., and was a graduate intern at Kutztown University, Kutztown, Pa., where he received his B.S. Ed. in Secondary Education/English and his M.Ed. in higher education administration.
"At NCC, equity and inclusion are central to our mission and manifested in everything we do. As the most diverse college in the Lehigh Valley, our goal is to ensure that every student on our campus is embraced and honored for being authentically themselves and celebrated for the unique attributes they bring to this community." Dr. Mark Erickson, president of NCC, said. "We are excited that Scott will further strengthen our work in this area and enhance our rich campus culture. His addition to NCC will enable us to build on and enhance an inclusive and empathetic environment that promotes the success of all members of the NCC family."
Born in Maracay, Venezuela, Blair and his wife, Katie, and daughter, Sydney, are relocating to the Lehigh Valley, Pa.