Tompkins Cortland Community College Inaugurates Orinthia Montague

Dr. Orinthia Montague addressing an audience at her inauguration, Sep. 7, 2018 (Peter Blanchard/Cortland Voice)

DRYDEN, N.Y. — The inauguration of Dr. Orinthia Montague as the fourth president of Tompkins Cortland Community College took place Friday at the college's athletics facility gymnasium.

Dr. Montague was officially instated as the college president in July 2017, taking over for Carl Haynes, who served as college president for 23 years.

Montague earned a Bachelor of Arts in interpersonal communication from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri; a Master of Arts in counseling from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri; and a Doctorate degree in higher education administration from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in St. Louis, Missouri.

Here's what some speakers had to say about Dr. Montague:

"We have already witnessed her commitment to the service of students, and we are excited to play an integral role in her vision for student success." - Olivia Hersey, systems administrator

Tompkins Cortland Community College has a tradition of keeping their presence. It's amazing to me we're celebrating 50 years of this college, and the fact that Dr. Montague is only the fourth president of this college is pretty amazing." - State Sen. James Seward

"I'm happy to be able to stand here today and to celebrate what I consider to be one of the most important days in the history of this institution." - Ray Schlater, chairperson for TC3's Board of Trustees.

"This is an important day for TC3, one that is marked by new leadership and new excitement. We have someone at the helm of TC3 who has many passions and a lot of energy. It will serve her well as she takes TC3 forward in the next half century." - SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson