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Inauguration of Maurice B. Hickey on April 8 – Chancellor John R. Ryan to invest sixth CCC president

Friday, April 07, 2006

Dr. Maurice B. “Moe” Hickey will be inaugurated as the sixth president of Clinton Community College at 2:00 p.m. on April 8, 2006. The ceremony will be held in the William H. Forrence Health, Physical Education and Recreation Center, 136 Clinton Point Drive. President Hickey assumed leadership of the college’s 2,300 student body, 250 employees, and 100-acre campus on July 1, 2005.

Nina D. Coolidge, chair of the CCC Board of Trustees, will preside over the ceremony, which will include faculty and staff, delegates from other colleges and guests.

SUNY Chancellor John R. Ryan will perform the investiture during the ceremony.

Hickey was chosen to lead Clinton Community College following a national search. He was Vice President for Academic Services at Chesapeake College, Wye Mills, Maryland for five years before accepting the position at Clinton.

Fulfilling a 32-year career at Chesapeake College, he has many years experience in academic administration, instructional and learning programs, and personnel. He held the positions of Associate Dean for Allied Health, Department Chair Allied Health and Director of Athletics. He held teaching positions as Professor Kinesiology & Wellness, Associate Professor Human Kinetics, Assistant Professor Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, and Instructor Health, Physical Education, & Recreations. From 1970-73, President Hickey served as a Neuropsychiatric Specialist, Spec 5, while serving in the U.S. Army at Valley Forge Army Hospital. He received the Army Commendation Award for his innovative and effective administrative techniques.

In addition to being active in a number of business, professional and educational associations in Maryland, President Hickey received the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development, Teaching Excellence Award in 1993, and Master Teacher Designation in 1991. He was named to Who’s Who in the East, 1981-85, received the American Lung Association of Maryland Outstanding Service Award 1979, and Outstanding Young Men in American 1978, just to name a few.

President Hickey received his Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1983, with a major in Administration, Supervision & Curriculum. He earned his Master of Science in Health & Physical Education from West Chester State College, West Chester, Pennsylvania in 1973, and his Bachelor of Science from Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York in 1970.

President Hickey continues to be active in both his professional and educational associations and as a member of the local community. He currently serves on the boards of the county and regional Workforce Investment Board, CVPH, United Way, The Development Corporation, and Mountain Lake PBS in Plattsburgh, New York.

Since arriving at CCC, Hickey has established an open door policy and believes in open communication. He enjoys meeting with students and staff and eagerly attends nearly every event on campus and encourages participation at all levels. He is often seen on campus accompanied by his wife Jane and two sons, Maurice (11) and Michael (9). He initiated the plan to celebrate the College’s 40th anniversary and is an advocate of the College’s successes, especially to members of government, corporate and community leaders. He established a committee to work on developing a five-year strategic plan for the College by May 2006. The process included involvement by both internal and external audiences. He has taken steps to align the strategic plan and master facilities plan already underway to ensure a

a more dynamic result for the College.

An inaugural reception will be held in the atrium of the Ronald B. Stafford Center for Arts, Science and Technology immediately following the ceremony.

Clinton Community College's beautiful campus, overlooking Lake Champlain, is conveniently located off Route 9 at Bluff Point in Plattsburgh, New York. The College is proud of its academic excellence, low tuition, small classes and excellent teachers and facilities. Approximately 2,300 students attend the college known for its academically acclaimed programs in nursing, criminal justice, liberal arts, and technology. The joint admissions program with Plattsburgh State University and special 2+2 transfer agreements are but two options available for Clinton students who wish to pursue a 4-year degree. Clinton is a member of the State University of New York and one of 30 community colleges in the 64-campus system.

* Media packets will be available prior to the ceremony in the Forrence Center.