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WCC President Announces Retirement

Courtesy of Westchester Community College

The nation’s longest-serving community college president is retiring.

Westchester Community College President Dr. Joseph Hankin announced his retirement after serving as the college’s president for 42 years. Patrick Hennessey is the college’s spokesman.

That institution was Harford Community College in Maryland, where at age 26 Hankin became the nation’s youngest college president. An interim president will be named and a search committee formed. Hankin will leave his post at the end of December, but will assist in the search as well as participate in special projects at the college through December 2014. Hankin is credited the expansion of the Continuing Education division, which is now the largest such program in the State University of New York system.

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