WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Dr. Joseph Hankin, president of Westchester Community College, announced his retirement at his annual State of the College address.
Hankin has served as the president of WCC since 1971. His 42-year tenure is the longest of any current community college president.
“For the past 42 years, it has been my honor to serve the Board of Trustees, administration, faculty, staff, student body, and residents of Westchester County in the position of President of Westchester Community College," Hankin said in a statement. "The accomplishments achieved over the past four decades have been realized because of the joint effort of a team of individuals.”
The school's board of trustees approved a leave of absence for Hankin from Jan. 1, 2014 until Dec. 31, 2014. During the leave, Hankin will assist in the search for a successor.
A Search Committee will be formed to conduct a national search for a permanent replacement.
“For more than 40 years, President Hankin has led Westchester Community College with the highest level of distinction, fostering productive and impactful connections with students, faculty, and staff on campus and elevating the college’s presence and partnership with the local community,” SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher said in a statement. “The college will be forever defined by President Hankin’s tenure, and his many contributions to SUNY and to New York State throughout his leadership will benefit generations to come.”
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