We have named an Interim President, and simultaneously, the terms of some members of our Board of Trustees have expired. We have four new members of the Board of Trustees.
Dr. John F. M. Flynn has been selected as Westchester Community College’s Interim President. He began serving in this role in January and will continue until a permanent successor to Dr. Joseph Hankin, the college’s longtime president who just retired, is hired. Dr. Flynn was the college’s Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs from 1983 to 2005. He then returned to the ranks of full-time faculty at the college. This will be the second time that Dr. Flynn has served as an Interim President of a SUNY institution. In 1992-1993, he was Interim President of Rockland Community College.
Our new Board of Trustees members are:
Dr. Norman Jacknis, Cisco executive, former Director of Information Technology for the County of Westchester.
Robin Bikkal, attorney.
John Nonna, an attorney, former Westchester County Legislator, and former Mayor of Pleasantville.
Andrew J. Spano, former Westchester County Executive.
I am pleased to announce that John F. M. Flynn, Ph.D. has been selected as our Interim President. He will serve in this role until a permanent successor to Dr. Hankin is hired.
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Fordham University, Dr. Flynn holds a Masters and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in British History from Columbia University in the City of New York. He began as a fulltime faculty member at Westchester Community College in September 1972, teaching Modern History. Dr. Flynn was the college’s Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs from 1983 to 2005. He then returned to the ranks of fulltime faculty here in Valhalla.
We are fortunate to have been able to hire an excellent college administrator to help us during this transitional period. He is universally respected and well liked. Dr. Flynn’s awareness of the college, his knowledge of the community and its needs, his overall expertise, and his considerable experience will serve us well. Together with the college’s Board of Trustees and SUNY, I am proud to be able to announce this appointment, which begins on January 1, 2014.
“I had the privilege of working hand-in-hand with Dr. Hankin for almost a quarter of a century, helping him and the team of faculty, staff and administrators he assembled to create the college as we now know it,” said Dr. Flynn on accepting this appointment. “I am pleased to have been given this opportunity to serve again as we search for a worthy successor to build on the legacy left us,” he added.
This will be the second time that Dr. Flynn has served as an Interim President of a SUNY institution. In 1992-1993, he was Interim President of Rockland Community College.
Among other achievements while serving as our Vice President of Academic Affairs, he worked with Dr. Hankin, fellow administrators and faculty to initiate, create and provide resources for the Honors Program, the Cambridge University Summer Study Program, the Academic Support Center, the Writing Center, the Endowed Chairs Program, and the Online Education Department. He and his team also led the academic portion of three successful Middle States Reaccreditations.
He was awarded the Westchester Community College Foundation Medallion Award in the Field of Education in 1991 and was selected for the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2011. In 2012, he was named to the Barbara A. Abeles Endowed Chair in European Studies.
Dr. Flynn also had a 29-year career in the United States Army Reserves during which he rose to the rank of Colonel. In 1991, he commanded the 353rd Civil Affairs (Detachment 1) in Desert Storm and Operation Provide Comfort. He was awarded the Legion of Merit upon his retirement from the Army Reserves in 1994.
He lives in Eastchester with his wife of 43 years, Cathryn. Both his children, now grown, took classes at Westchester Community College.
Betsy Stern, Vice Chair, Westchester Community College Board of Trustees
Westchester Community College students on the college’s events board won the region’s top award for a student activities group. The National Association of Campus Activities (NACA) Northeast Conference named the Westchester Events Board (WEB) as the recipient of the 2013 Excellence in Programming Award. Westchester Community College was recognized by NACA for having the best student run programming board and student events in the Northeast region of the United States.
In attendance at the recent awards ceremony in Hartford, Connecticut were more than 1,100 individuals representing 136 regional institutions. Thirteen schools were named finalists for the awards and were invited to present on-site. Westchester was the only community college in the finals. While our students may have been underdogs going into the competition, they impressed the judges with their professional presentation demonstrating the programming board’s outstanding operating structure, adherence to mission, and ability to plan, promote, execute and assess quality programs to serve the diverse student body. Of particular note is when you consider that WEB is only in its fourth year of existence at the college, and they were competing against very seasoned programming boards with decades of history and experience behind them, this is quite an achievement.
The student presenters were Jessica Gramajo (WEB President), Imani Jackson (WEB Vice President for Programming), and Raisza Latif (WEB Vice President for Marketing). They were joined at the Conference by Yesenia Ruiz (WEB Evening & Family Events Chair), Harrison Greenway (WEB Film Vice Chair), Sebasjon Larsen (WEB Vice Chair of Special Events) and Kevin Gonzalez (WEB Films Chair).
Westchester Community College’s Harold L. Drimmer Library is pleased to announce a new subscription to Films on Demand,a robust collection of streaming videos for educational use. In addition to a core collection from Films Media Group, Films on Demand streams content from a growing list of quality documentary sources, including those pictured below.
To access, visit the Library homepage, click on “Find Articles in Databases” and click on “Films on Demand” under the GENERAL category.
YOU MAY ALSO ACCESS FILMS BY THE FOLLOWING SUBJECT CATEGORIES:
Grades are being posted gradually by professors. All grades are scheduled to be in by January 2.
Final exams took place Monday, December 16 through Sunday, December 22.
The final exam makeup day was Monday, December 23.
Some offices will be closing early on December 24. The entire college will be closed December 25 – January 1. The college will reopen on January 2. The Spring 2014 session will begin on Tuesday, January 21.
The nation’s longest serving community college president, Westchester Community College President Dr. Joseph Hankin, who has led the State University of New York institution since 1971, has announced his retirement. On Wednesday December 11, Westchester Community College held a retirement party for Dr. Joseph N. Hankin. Dr. Hankin has served Westchester Community College for 42 years and will work on special projects throughout 2014. His retirement is set December 31, 2014 where he will be named President Emeritus.
Some quick facts:
Dr. Hankin is the longest serving community college president in the nation.
Dr. Hankin holds seven degrees (four honorary).
Dr. Hankin is the recipient of over 100 honors and awards.
He has been named one of the Top Fifty Community College Leaders in the Nation.
Dr. Hankin has been named one of the Most Effective College Presidents in the United States.
We wish Dr. Hankin the very best in his retirement and encourage you to leave him messages on this video!
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited Westchester Community College on Friday, November 15, 2013. The senator was in Valhalla, New York to hear about the college and to give college officials, staff, faculty and students an update on federal legislation. The video includes remarks by student Ryan Haslauer. At the briefing, college administrators discussed the size and scope of the college. We are Westchester’s largest college with more than 13,000 credit students and more than 13,000 non-credit students. We are one of the largest community colleges in the 64-campus SUNY system. We have the largest Division of Continuing Education within the SUNY system. We offer more than 60 academic majors. Our credit students are taught by skilled, caring faculty who help students move on to employment or to studies at four-year universities. One of our most recent efforts is “Bright Futures” which leads students into study in the energy and sustainability fields. We worked on this project with our partners at Con Edison, who attended the event.
Our diverse student body includes many economically disadvantaged individuals (we have the largest number of such students among all of the SUNY community colleges) and a large number of Hispanic students (25% of our credit student body) and many new immigrants.
We discussed our efforts regarding economic and workforce development and ways in which we meet the needs of our community. These efforts include non-credit classes and certificate offerings, our G2E (Gateway to Entrepreneurship) Program, Professional Development Center (workforce training), and the Center for Financial Education (financial literacy). We also discussed the Academy for Entrepreneurial Excellence, a joint venture with the Westchester Business Council.
The meeting was held in the college’s Gateway Center. We discussed the role of that building which houses our English Language Institute (ESL instruction for more than 4,000 ESL students) and our integration of various Gateway programs with our Business and Foreign Language class offerings.
Pictures from Senator Gillibrand’s visit.
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