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Former Suffolk County Community College president Shirley Robinson Pippins is back and has a $100,000 consulting deal with her former college.

Pippins, who now works for a Washington, D.C., firm called Academic Search Inc., has been retained by Suffolk as the lead consultant under a contract that began in April to find and recruit talent for college administrative jobs. Jeff Tempera, assistant vice president human resources, said the one-year contract has an option for an additional four years.

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The hiring comes as the college is searching for a vice president of academic affairs, a senior associate vice president for workforce development and executive dean of the college’s eastern campus near Riverhead. Tempera said Pippin’s past position at the college played no role and it was the firm’s experience in searches nationwide in selection process that drew proposals from eight firms.

Pippins served as Suffolk’s first black president for five years from 2005 to 2009 and left to become a senior vice president of the American Council on Education.