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Hickey accepts college presidency
Posted on Friday, April 15, 2005
WYE MILLS Dr. Maurice Hickey said it would take "a special situation" to lure him from Chesapeake College. That special situation turned out to be the presidency of a community college not far from his boyhood home.
"It felt right from the beginning," said Dr. Hickey, who was formally approved by the State University of New York Board of Trustees Tuesday night to become the next president of Clinton Community College, located in Plattsburgh, NY. "It’s where I graduated from high school, and I still have a lot of friends in the area. It’s kind of nice to be able to go back home."
Currently Chesapeake College’s vice president for academic services, Dr. Hickey has spent the last 32 years at Chesapeake in a variety of faculty and administrative roles. Dr. Hickey said the similarities between the Chesapeake and Clinton communities made the decision to accept the presidency even easier.
"What drew me to Clinton is the very same thing I’ll miss leaving here the quality of the people," said Dr. Hickey, who assumes the Clinton presidency on July 1.
Clinton Community College, which may be best known regionally for its programs in nursing, criminal justice, liberal arts, and technology, serves approximately 2,280 students. It is part of the State University of New York (SUNY), which is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States, educating more than 413,000 students on 64 campuses. "I am delighted that the Board has approved the recommendation of Maurice Hickey as president of Clinton Community College," said SUNY Chancellor Robert L. King. "With his wealth of knowledge and experience as a community college faculty member and with his roots in the North Country, I am confident that he will be a superb leader and I welcome him to the State University."
Dr. Stuart Bounds, Chesapeake College’s president, said Dr. Hickey’s appointment "recognizes Moe’s extensive experience and accomplishments in higher education."
"Not only has Moe been a pillar of the Chesapeake College community, he’s been a statewide leader in higher education," said Dr. Bounds, noting Dr. Hickey’s recent service as chair of both the Maryland Council of Community College Chief Academic Officers and Intersegmental Chief Academic Officers.
Dr. Hickey is the third Chesapeake College vice president in the past eight years to accept a presidency. Dr. Bounds, formerly executive vice president for academic services, succeeded Dr. John Kotula as Chesapeake’s president in 1997. Dr. Murray K. Hoy, who served as vice president for academic and administrative services, became president of Wor-Wic Community College in 2000.
"We’re a great training ground for presidents," said Chesapeake College Board of Trustees Chair Margaret Myers with a laugh. "It says a lot about those individuals, and the other people at the administrative level. I know they learn from each other, and from the presidents they’ve served."
Myers said she will miss Dr. Hickey’s "sense of humor and his ability to tell the Board concisely what the Board needs to know."
Dewey Blades, vice chair of the Chesapeake College Board of Trustees, lauded Dr. Hickey’s "long-time commitment to the college and well-rounded experience."
Dr. Hickey came to Chesapeake in 1973 and rose to the rank of professor while teaching physical education, kinesiology and wellness. He coached a variety of intercollegiate sports, including baseball, men’s soccer, and co-ed tennis; served as the college’s athletic director and as
a department chair; and spent three years as associate dean of allied health prior to becoming vice president for academic services in 2000.
Dr. Hickey has a Bachelor of Science degree from Ithaca (N.Y.) College, a Master of Science degree from West Chester (Pa.) State College, and a Ph.D. in Administration, Supervision and Curriculum from the University of Maryland.
The Chesapeake College Board of Trustees, on the recommendation of Dr. Bounds, approved Dr. Hickey for vice president emeritus status at its most recent meeting.
Dr. Hickey, his wife Jane, and their two sons, Maurice and Michael, currently reside in Cordova.
"It’s a wonderful community, and an excellent place to raise a family," said Dr. Hickey of Clinton Community College’s service region. "Those factors played a major role in our decision."
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