20 Questions with Dr. Marion Terenzio

Dr. Marion Terenzio, current Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty at Bloomfield College in New Jersey, will become the next president of SUNY Cobleskill. Before assuming the position on July 1, Dr. Terenzio answered 20 questions for the SUNY Cobleskill campus community – sharing her favorite holiday, signature recipe, greatest achievement and more.

Dr. Terenzio received her baccalaureate degree in Music from Vassar College, a master’s degree in Music Therapy from Michigan State University, a second master’s degree in Community Psychology from the Sage Graduate School of The Sage Colleges, and a Ph.D. in Ecological and Community Psychology from Michigan State University. Prior to her current position at Bloomfield College, she held several positions at The Sage Colleges, including associate professor in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts, professor in the Department of Psychology; and vice president for Campus Life.

20 Questions with Dr. Marion Terenzio …

1. If you could go to one place in the world, where would it be? Australia


2. Favorite holiday? My grandchildren’s birthdays followed by New Year’s Eve


3. Describe yourself in one word: Dynamic


4. Last book you read? Edge of Eternity by Ken Follett


5. If you weren’t pursuing your current career, what would you do? Volunteering and directing a chorus


6. What is your motto? Always be kind, recognize the unique contributions of others and as you gain more power in your positions, give more of it away


7. If a movie was made about your life, which actor would you choose to portray you? Katharine Hepburn


8. Favorite moment at SUNY Cobleskill? When I was offered the position of President


9. Cat-person, dog-person, or neither? Dog person


10. What would your theme song be? “We are in this together”


11. Who is your hero? My maternal grandmother for whom I was named


12. Greatest achievement? Trusted friend and colleague


13. Last time you took a risk? Answering these questions


14. What do you want to be remembered for? She was a compassionate leader who was not afraid to admit to her mistakes


15. Signature recipe? Chicken Parmigiana


16. The movie you’d watch again and again is… My Cousin Vinnie


17. Best advice you’ve been given? Be true to yourself and never compromise your values


18. In ten years, you’ll be: Enjoying the fruits of our collective labor at Cobleskill


19. One change you hope to make this year: To become part of the Cobleskill community and learn about what the community values


20. SUNY Cobleskill, in one word, is: Happening