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  • Inauguration of Dr. Dan Hocoy

    Eleventh President of SUNY Erie
    Friday, May 4, 2018
    Two o'clock in the afternoon
    Gleasner Hall, Auditorium
    SUNY Erie, North Campus
    6205 Main Street, Williamsville, NY 14221

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    Download President Hocoy's Inaugural Address

  • Program

    Presiding: Dennis Murphy, Chairman
    Processional: "Music for the Royal Fireworks", George Frideric Handel
    Posting of Colors: US Coast Guard Sector Buffalo
    National Anthem: Priscilla Green, SUNY Erie Student
    Invocation: Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., President, Niagara University
    Welcome: Dennis Murphy, Chairman


    SUNY Board of Trustees:
    Eunice Lewin
    The County of Erie:
    The Honorable Mark Poloncarz, County Executive
    Erie County Legislature:
    The Honorable Peter Savage, Chair
    The City of Buffalo:
    The Honorable Byron Brown, Mayor
    College Senate:
    Colleen Quinn, President
    Student Government:
    Rebecca Krakowiak, President
    Business Partnerships:
    Mark Saine, Senior Director, Client Executive and Leadership Development TIAA-Cref
    Musical Interlude:
    BAVPA Vocal Symphony, Directed by Karen E. Saxon


    Distinguished Speaker:
    Dottie Gallagher, President & CEOBuffalo Niagara Partnership
    Johanna Duncan-Poitier, SUNY Senior Vice Chancellor for Community Colleges
    Inaugural Address:
    Dan Hocoy, Ph.D., President, SUNY Erie Community College
    Larry G. Donalson, Senior Pastor Greater Works Christian Fellowship
    “Mission Impossible” Theme Lalo Schifrin


    Dr. Kristin Poppo, Alfred State College
    Dr. Melanie Perreault, Buffalo State College
    Mr. John J. Hurley, Canisius College
    Mr. Louis M. Spiro, The College at Brockport
    Dr. Julie Gedro, SUNY Empire State College
    Dr. Robert K. Nye, Finger Lakes Community College
    Dr. Virginia S. Horvath, SUNY Fredonia
    Dr. Jack Connell, Houghton College
    Dr. Kenneth M. Macur, Medaille College
    Dr. Todd M. Oldham, Monroe Community College
    Dr. William J. Murabito, Niagara County Community College
    Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., Niagara University
    Dr. Bassam M. Deeb, Trocaire College
    Dr. Ethel Petrou, University at Buffalo

    Introducing Dr. Dan Hocoy

    Dan Hocoy, Ph.D., became the 11th president of SUNY Erie Community College in July 2017.

    Dr. Hocoy received a B.Sc. from the University of Toronto, and his M.A. and PhD in clinical psychology from Queen’s University in Canada. He is also a graduate of Harvard University’s Management and Leadership in Education executive program as well as the Harvard Seminar for New Presidents. Prior to arriving at ECC, Dr. Hocoy served as Associate Vice Chancellor of Advancement for the nationwide 5-campus Antioch University System after previously presiding as President of Antioch University in Seattle. Over the past 20 years, Dr. Hocoy has provided innovative and effective academic leadership for a number of institutions of higher learning in a variety of capacities including: Provost, Chief Academic Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Student Affairs Officer, Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Accreditation, as well as Director of International Programs and Diversity.

    Over his career, Dr. Hocoy has focused on improving student success, developing exciting new programs, and enhancing institutional sustainability. He has designed innovative frameworks for curriculum and modalities for learning that harness the latest pedagogical and technology advancements, including using Facebook as a learning management system (which has been adopted by a number of universities). He has also been successful in partnering with private and public organizations in creating unique academic programming that serve workforce needs and address current community issues.

    As a non-native English speaker and the first in his family to go beyond high school, Dr. Hocoy is personally dedicated to providing accessible and affordable, high quality education. With a grandmother from Jamaica, mother from Malaysia, and father from China, and having been an immigrant from Trinidad and Tobago to Canada, Dr. Hocoy has had a long-standing commitment to creating a campus environment and programs that supports diversity, inclusive excellence, and global perspectives.

    President Hocoy is author to numerous articles and book chapters that intersect higher learning, psychology, art and culture. His dissertation was the first study to examine the psychological impact of apartheid in South Africa and was solicited by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to structure its processes. Dr. Hocoy’s publications in art therapy are considered seminal to the field and can be found in the discipline’s textbooks, and his curricular innovations are also widely published.

    Dr. Hocoy has had a long standing interest in social justice issues and has worked as a consultant to governments and agencies addressing poverty and intergroup conflict. His service in international development (Guyana and Ghana) has endeavored to develop sustainable local programs that mitigate the impact of International Monetary Fund austerity reforms, while his work in inter-religious understanding (India and Italy) has endeavored to create dialogue between groups in conflict.

    Dr. Hocoy is also a licensed clinical psychologist and has worked in psychiatric hospitals as well as private practice.

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