The appointment of Donald Astrab as Nassau Community College's new president was unanimously approved by the State University of New York board of trustees Tuesday, clearing the way for the former Florida educator's start Friday.
Sean Fanelli formally retires in January after leading the college for 27 years.
Astrab, 51, is the former vice president of academic affairs at Brevard Community College in Florida, where he began as a professor of chemical instrumentation in 1992.
His salary at Nassau is $230,000 a year and he gets campus housing and a car.
In a statement, he said he was "honored to be joining Nassau Community College and the SUNY system."
SUNY board chairman Carl T. Hayden noted Astrab's SUNY roots as a SUNY Oswego grad and praised Nassau's trustees for selecting him.
In an interview, Astrab called Nassau a "wonderful school," adding he wants to protect its legacy in the face of fiscal uncertainty. "I want to make sure that we maintain the direction we're moving, and make sure we maintain open access to everyone," he said.