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Trustee Arlene W. Clinkscale

Trustee Arlene W. Clinkscale

Arlene Clinkscale

Dr. Arlene W. Clinkscale, of Monsey, the first African American woman in New York State to lead a school district, was appointed in April 2004 by the Rockland County Legislature to the College's Board of Trustees, to serve the unexpired term of a former trustee.

Dr. Clinkscale has distinguished herself in the field of education since 1950. She came to Rockland County in 1960 after ten years of teaching elementary school in Virginia.

She taught in Pearl River and Spring Valley for six years before assuming a series of senior administrative positions in the East Ramapo and Nyack Central School districts, rising to the rank of district superintendent in Nyack in 1981. After six years in that position, she left for Englewood Public Schools, serving as principal, assistant superintendent and acting superintendent. Her most recent position in the public school system was in Roslyn, Long Island, where she served as Educational Consultant for Minority Affairs.

In addition to her public school service, Dr. Clinkscale taught as an adjunct faculty member of the City University of New York. Dr. Clinkscale earned a B.S. from Hampton Institute in Hampton, VA, as well as a Masters degree and professional diploma from Teachers College, Columbia University. She was awarded an honorary doctorate from St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkhill, where she served on the Board of Trustees.

In 2005, Dr. Clinkscale was reappointed by the Rockland County Legislature to serve a full five-year term from July 1, 2005 to June 30, 2010. The RCC Board elected Dr. Clinkscale as Chair in June 2005. She was re-elected three times to this post in 2006, 2008 and in September 2012, serving each term for two years.

In 2010, the Rockland County Legislature reappointed Dr. Clinkscale to the RCC Board of Trustees to serve another five-year term, which will expire on June 30, 2015.

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