Four Longtime College Employees Will Discuss the College’s Evolution as Part of Inaugural Celebration

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- SUNY Orange will open its presidential inauguration celebrations for Dr. Kristine Young with a “History of Orange County Community College” panel presentation at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 28 in the Orange County Trust Company Great Room of Kaplan Hall on the College’s Newburgh campus.

The panel will feature four speakers, each of whom can claim relationships with the College of more than three decades, including: Jack McMahon, Dr. John Cummins, Mindy Ross and Tom Goetz. Admission is free and the event is open to the general public. Young will be installed as the College’s eighth president during a formal Inauguration Ceremony set for 3 p.m., Friday, April 29 in the Edward A. Diana Physical Education Center on the College’s Middletown campus.

A 1953 graduate of the College, McMahon returned to his alma mater as its first public information officer in 1965. He remained in an administrative capacity until 1983. He was appointed to the College’s Board of Trustees in 1984, eventually becoming the first alumnus elected as chair of the Board. He served five terms as chair before retiring as a Trustee in 2005.

Cummins, a faculty emeritus, joined the College’s faculty ranks in 1967. He retired from his full-time professor’s role in 2007 yet has continued to serve SUNY Orange in a part-time teaching capacity. Prior to his retirement, he was chair of the Science and Engineering Department, a position he held at various times throughout his tenure at the College.

Ross retired from the College in the Summer of 2013 following a 31-year career. She was an English professor from 1982 to 2006 before she accepted the role as director of the Newburgh Extension Center. She chaperoned the extension center’s transition to a certified branch campus and oversaw the expansion of the Newburgh site that effectively allowed the College to double its capacity to serve students there.

Goetz joined the College staff in 1966 and served as director of student activities through his retirement in 2000. For many of his years, he worked alongside longtime Dean of Students George Shepard, formulating a vibrant student-based framework of activities and events that connected the students with the College.

The panel will be moderated by Vinnie Cazzetta, vice president for institutional advancement.

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