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Hoy´s return serves as example for Chesapeake College grads

Wor-Wic CC president, a Chesapeake alum, is this year´s commencement speaker

Posted on Wednesday, May 05, 2010

WYE MILLS – A Chesapeake College degree opens up a world of possibilities. Dr. Murray K. Hoy, this year´s featured speaker at the college´s May 26th commencement, knows that from personal experience.

Dr. Hoy´s Chesapeake College degree led him to complete baccalaureate studies at Washington College, two master´s degree programs, a law degree and a doctorate from Wilmington (Del.) University. In his "spare" time, he came back to Chesapeake for a 25-year career that culminated in his service as executive vice president before being selected as Wor-Wic Community College´s second president nearly a decade ago.

"It´s stirring a lot of memories – all good," Dr. Hoy, the immediate past president of the Maryland Council of Community College Presidents, said of his commencement assignment. "I had a tremendous experience there. I don´t think anybody could have had a better learning experience."

Dr. Hoy said the commencement invitation, made by Chesapeake College President Barbara Viniar, "brought back a lot of memories of past graduations and my experience there both as a student and an employee."

Dr. Viniar said Chesapeake College´s graduates will be pleased to hear from one of their own.

"Ray is an outstanding example of the limitless opportunities available to our graduates," said Dr. Viniar. "He is a statewide leader in higher education and workforce training, and we´re proud to welcome him back home."

Dr. Hoy, who is a member of the Governor´s Workforce Investment Board (GWIB) and serves on the State Adult Education Oversight Committee, said community colleges are more relevant than ever today.

"I really think the most important thing we offer is preparing a trained workforce for our community," said Dr. Hoy. "We can talk all we want about a global economy, but what we deal with is the local economy. We´re preparing for the manpower needs in our business community and sustaining our communities.

"We also provide an affordable opportunity for local citizens to access higher education. That´s more necessary now than ever given the high cost of higher education," added Dr. Hoy. "Finally, we provide hope to people, especially those people who can´t find meaningful employment without the training and education they can receive at their local community college."

Dr. Hoy, a former member of the Maryland Hospital Association Executive Committee, serves on numerous local boards and committees on the Lower Shore, including chairing the Peninsula Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees and ex-officio membership on both the Salisbury/Wicomico Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the Greater Salisbury Committee. His numerous honors include selection as Chesapeake College Alumnus of the Year, 2001 Graduate of Distinction from the Kent County Public Schools, 2003 Citizenship Award from the Lower Shore Tri-County Council, and 2010 Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award from the Tri-County District Boy Scouts.

Dr. Hoy, who grew up in Kent County, lives in Salisbury with his wife, Donna, who is a realtor with ERA Martin Associates and a former faculty member at Chesapeake College. They have three grown children and three grandchildren.

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