Shirley Coverdale, center, takes the oath of office administered by deputy county clerk Christopher Como, as Suffolk County Community College president Dr. Shaun McKay, left, and board of trustees chairwoman Theresa Sanders, and the Rev. Charles Coverdale, look on. Courtesy photo: Suffolk County Community College

Shirley Coverdale of Riverhead has been appointed to the board of trustees of Suffolk County Community College by New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Coverdale has served in many leadership roles in the Riverhead community, where she is a longtime resident. She is president of the Family Community Life Center and has been a tireless advocate for the development of the affordable housing-community center on Northville Turnpike. She is on the board of the Long Island Housing Partnership and has served on the board of the Long Island Organizing Network, the Riverside Economic Development Committee, the SUNY Stony Brook School of Social Welfare Healing Arts Health Committee and the Suffolk County Workforce Investment Board.

After earning a BFA from Hunter College, Coverdale earned a master’s degree at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Business Administration. She had a successful career in information systems design and contributed both directly and as a consultant to several Fortune 500 companies and not-for-profit organizations.

Coverdale is the wife of the Rev. Charles Coverdale, longtime pastor at First Baptist Church of Riverhead, where she has been active in the church’s education programs and administration.

Coverdale’s term on the college board of trustees continues through June 20, 2024.


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