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Corning Community College Inaugurates Sixth President

Today, Chancellor Zimpher and the Corning Community College (CCC) community  inaugurate Dr. Katherine P. Douglas as the college’s sixth president. Dr. Douglas is the first woman to hold the Office of the President at CCC.

The Installation Ceremony includes a procession of members of the College community, delegates from other academic institutions, and representatives of the State University of New York.  Mr. Thomas Blumer, Chairperson of the Regional Board of Trustees, serves as the Master of Ceremonies.

Dr. Douglas has a Doctorate in Education with a concentration in Community College Leadership from the Department of Educational Policy, Research, and Administration at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her Master’s degree is in Staff Development with a concentration in Higher Education from the School of Education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Dr. Douglas’ Bachelor’s of Science degree is in Leisure Studies and Services/Outdoor Education with a concentration in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Prior to arriving at Corning Community College, Dr. Douglas served as Vice-President of Academic Affairs at Sussex County Community College (SCCC) in Newton, New Jersey. Dr. Douglas began her community college career at Greenfield Community College (GCC) in Greenfield, Massachusetts, where she earned tenure and the rank of professor before entering academic administration as the Associate Dean of GCC’s Division of Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Douglas continued her academic administrative career at Holyoke Community College (HCC) in Holyoke, Massachusetts as Dean of the Division of Social Sciences.

“I am humbled by the support of the Corning Community College Trustees and honored to join the community of faculty, staff, and students,” stated Dr. Douglas. “Each time I visited the campus, I came away more impressed with the College’s commitment to quality education, student success and achievement, and community engagement.”

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      Written by Becky Schubmehl



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