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2017-07-13 / Education

ECC names Dr. Dan Hocoy as president

After approval by both the State University of New York and SUNY Erie Community College Board of Trustees, ECC is proud to announce the selection of Dr. Dan Hocoy as its next president.

“We at Erie Community College are excited to welcome Dr. Hocoy as the 11th president in our community college’s history,” said Dennis Murphy, chairman of ECC’s Board of Trustees. “Our leadership endured a comprehensive search to find the right candidate, one that could lead our faculty, staff and students forward. We believe Dr. Hocoy is this candidate, and we’re very confident that he’ll provide the direction we need to solidify our role as an indispensable higher education entity for Western New York.”

The selection of Dr. Hocoy to replace outgoing ECC President Jack Quinn is the result of an exhaustive, months-long national search by an Erie County-based, 19-member search committee. After whittling its list of finalists down to four by May 31, the committee and ECC’s Board of Trustees sent its selection of Hocoy to SUNY for confirmation announcement on June 21.

Hocoy is currently the associate vice chancellor of advancement for Antioch University System, and previously served as president of Antioch University in Seattle. Over his career, Hocoy has focused on improving student success, developing new programs, and enhancing institutional sustainability in a number 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. He has designed innovative frameworks for curriculum and modalities for learning that harness the latest pedagogical and technological advancements.

“I welcome President Dan Hocoy to Erie Community College and the Erie County family,” said Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz. “As a member of the search committee, I know we were presented with several outstanding candidates to choose from to lead the college. Dr. Hocoy’s personal and professional experience, innovative educational approach, and extensive administrative knowledge make him the perfect choice to lead ECC. I look forward to working with him in the coming years to ensure the college is the best it can be for our community and, most importantly, our students.”

Hocoy speaks several different languages and 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. Hocoy’s publications in art therapy are considered seminal in the field and can be found in the discipline’s textbooks, and his curricular innovations are also widely published.

“Hocoy is a student of the world who brings to Erie Community College a deep appreciation and understanding of how academic programs can be advanced and customized to help more students from different backgrounds succeed,” said SUNY Board of Trustees’ H. Carl McCall.

Hocoy received a bachelor of science from the University of Toronto, and a masters degree in clinical psychology from Queen’s University in Canada. He is a graduate of Harvard University’s Management and Leadership in Education executive program as well as the Harvard Seminar for New Presidents.

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