SUNY Board Approves Appointment of Dr. John F.M. Flynn as Interim President of Westchester Community College

December 17, 2013

New York City — The State University of New York Board of Trustees today appointed Dr. John F.M. Flynn as interim president of Westchester Community College (WCC), at an annual salary of $256,666, effective Jan. 1, 2014, as previously approved by the WCC Board of Trustees.

Dr. Flynn succeeds Dr. Joseph N. Hankin, who will retire from WCC in 2014, after 42 years as president.

“Dr. Flynn has been a member of the SUNY family and WCC community since 1972, and we are confident that he will provide excellent and seamless leadership for the students, faculty, and staff at Westchester Community College,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “I thank Dr. Flynn for agreeing to take on this added responsibility in the interim, and commend Dr. Hankin - the country's longest serving community college president - on an outstanding career at SUNY.”

"I had the privilege of working hand-in-hand with Dr. Hankin for almost a quarter of a century, helping him and the team of faculty, staff, and administrators he assembled to create the college as we now know it," said Dr. Flynn. "I am pleased to have been given this opportunity to serve again as we search for a worthy successor to build on the legacy left us.”

About Dr. John F.M. Flynn

Dr. Flynn joined Westchester Community College as a member of the faculty in 1972, and received his tenure in 1975. Dr. Flynn served as the college's vice president and dean of Academic Affairs from 1982 to 2005, and has remained a member of the faculty since. Dr. Flynn received his Doctorate and Masters of Arts degrees from Columbia University, and his bachelor's from Fordham University.

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