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Paul Antonellis ’00, ’03

Paul Antonellis

Paul Antonellis ’00, ’03
Faculty & Director of Undergraduate Business Programs
Granite State College

Why did you choose Empire State College? What do you think is the best thing about the college?
I chose distance learning as a full-time Fire Chief at SUNY Empire because the college provided me the flexibility to earn my degree while continuing my career. Everyone in the program were adults with careers similar to what I was doing which really helped enhance my experience. I decided to go back and get my masters in Labor in Policy Studies after retiring from my career in fire services. After graduating with my masters I was hired by Empire to teach Fire Science and then Labor Relations courses. I am proud to say that I was able to teach with SUNY Empire for 10 years and that it catapulted my teaching career.

How did Empire State College help you shape your personal and professional goals?
The people that I met along the way – whether it was my mentors, fellow students etc. became my personal and professional network. What I learned through professional development, really translated well into all avenues of my life – fire service, teaching career, expanding personal networks etc. I also went on to complete my doctorate degree with Capella University, it was rigorous but completely worth it in the end. Being a two time alumnus and a former professor, my experience with non-traditional education at SUNY Empire has really helped me obtain my current position at Granite State College.

What is your new position and what are you most excited about?
My new position as Director of Undergraduate Business Programs is exciting because it is going to be an ever-evolving position. I will be overseeing six concentrations at 8 ‘on the ground’ locations in addition to the hybrid and online instruction. I take great pride in my curriculum mapping and am most excited to bring that to Granite State College. I am also excited about getting back to my roots and teaching online courses.

What advice would you give to a current Empire State College student?
My recommendation to any student would be to gain as much knowledge and build your network as you go along. The time you spend in the program will fly by – but make sure you connect with those contacts for professional and personal growth.