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SUNY Erie President Accepts a Position in Kansas City

Article by: Paula Sandy
BUFFALO – The SUNY Erie Community College Board of Trustees has announced that College President, Dr. Dan Hocoy, is assuming the position of Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives for Metropolitan Community College (MCC) and President of MCC-Longview campus in July. Dr. Hocoy will remain at SUNY Erie through the end of his contract on June 30, 2020.

MCC serves 30,000 students across 5 campuses in the Greater Kansas City Area, and MCC-Longview was the only community college ever selected as TIME magazine’s College of the Year. As Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives, Dr. Hocoy will focus on expanding the footprint and services of MCC in the Kansas City Metropolitan region, which will include developing new educational training sites and securing funding for MCC’s growth. Additionally, he will serve as President and Chief Executive Officer of the MCC-Longview campus. 

Dr. Hocoy said he looks forward to working with MCC Chancellor Kim Beatty and serving in a hybrid role. “The combined role of Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives for MCC and President of the Longview Campus is really an ideal position for me as it combines, in my mind, the best of both worlds: overseeing strategic advancement of the entire College while still being around the energy of students as campus President.”

“As well, I am both inspired by and committed to Chancellor Beatty’s bold vision to grow MCC throughout the Greater Kansas City Area. I have personally witnessed her ability to get things done and look forward to working with a leader committed to innovation, entrepreneurship, and greater relevance for the College. Strategic growth of a college is an area in which I have had experience and success; I know I will enjoy cultivating the relationships that will help MCC to expand its reach, footprint and resources.” 

However, he also has misgivings about leaving a College and a region to which he has been devoted for the past 3 years. “It’s also with great sadness that I leave SUNY Erie as the staff, faculty and students at the College have made my work here such a pleasure. It has been a blessing to be back in the region of my childhood, which also allowed me to take care of my parents in their last days. And it has been my greatest honor to serve the College and work with our Board of Trustees, the County Executive and the Erie County Legislature. - I have also enjoyed being part of the SUNY family, working closely with Senior Vice Chancellor of Community Colleges, Johanna Duncan-Poitier, as well as serving Chancellor Kristina Johnson and the great state of New York.”

Len Lenihan, chairman of the SUNY Erie Board of Trustees, said that the Board is immediately undertaking plans for interim leadership upon Dr. Hocoy’s departure in July, while beginning the process to form a search committee for the next president.

“We are grateful to Dr. Hocoy for his valuable contributions to advance SUNY Erie over the past three years,” said Lenihan. “Dan has been able to bring financial stability to the College with balanced budgets and creating efficiencies that contributed to the highest reserves the College has ever seen. He was also able to move the College from “warning” into “good standing” with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. His work to bring innovation and change to the College has been instrumental in helping us identify areas for growth and improvement that will benefit the College for a long time to come.”

On his hiring at MCC, Chancellor Beatty said, “I was impressed with Dr. Hocoy’s commitment to higher education and more specifically, the community college mission. His breadth and depth of experience with philanthropy, development and implementation of major projects, and stellar leadership at previous community colleges make him the perfect fit for the Vice Chancellor of Strategic Initiatives for Metropolitan Community College and President of the Longview Campus.”

Dr. Hocoy joined SUNY Erie in July 2017 after serving in various administrative roles in higher education over the last 20 years, including Associate Vice Chancellor of Advancement for the Antioch University System after previously presiding as President of Antioch University in Seattle.

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