North Country narrows presidential search

TICONDEROGA The North Country Community College presidential search committee has selected four finalists for the position of president, who have been invited to the college for on-campus interviews starting in late October. The four finalists are Dr. John Fallon III, a senior fellow with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and former president of the State University of New York at Potsdam; Dr. John Ganio, acting dean of academic affairs at Ulster Community College and former assistant provost of the State University of New York; Dr. Maurice Hickey, former president of Clinton Community College; and Dr. Laurence Spraggs, a higher education consultant and former president of Broome Community College. Fallon began his career in 1973 in a joint appointment role as an assistant professor of Adult and Community Education in the Center for Lifelong Education and consultant in the Institute for Community Education Development at Ball State University. Early in his tenure, Fallon was called upon to establish and manage an array of units to serve the business and industrial, government and nonprofit sectors in Indiana. This assignment gave rise to the Indiana Economic Development Academy, Center for Entrepreneurial Resources and Applied Research, Indiana International Business Initiative, Institute for Business and Economic Development Services, Ball State University Business Forum and the Indiana Municipal Clerks and Treasurers Institute among others. In addition to his administrative achievements, Fallon was promoted to full professor and received tenure at an early point in his fifteen years of service to the university. Fallons administrative appointments included service as assistant to the president and secretary to the Board of Control (1987-1989) and vice president for public affairs (1989-1995) at Saginaw Valley State University. He also served as president of William Penn University (1995-1998), the State University of New York at Potsdam (1998-2005) and Eastern Michigan University (2005-2007). For the past year, Dr. Fallon has been serving as a senior fellow with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. He is a graduate of Western Michigan University (BS), Northern Michigan University (MA) and Michigan State University (PhD). Fallon is married to Dr. Sidney Lynn Miller Fallon; they have four children. Ganio is currently serving as acting dean of academic affairs at Ulster County Community College. He serves as the colleges chief educational officer and is responsible for the overall development and coordination of academic programs, including coordination and evaluation of college-wide planning in the areas of program planning and development, transfer education, career and technical education, developmental education, continuing education, community development, and instructional resources. Prior to that appointment, he was vice chancellor for education at St. Louis Community College from August 2004 to June 2008. Ganio also served as dean of academic affairs at Herkimer County Community College (2001-2004), as vice president and dean of the faculty at Ulster County Community College (2000-2001), and assistant provost for the State University of New York System Administration (1998-2001). His academic discipline is English literature and composition. Ganio earned the rank of tenured full professor at SUNY Cobleskill in 1988. Ganio holds Ph.D. in Higher Educational Administration from the University at Albany, the Ed.S. in Community College Education, the M.A. in English from the University of Iowa, and the B.S. in English from the State University of New York, College at Oneonta. Hickey first began his professional career as a neuropsychiatric specialist with the Army at Valley Forge Army Hospital in Pennsylvania. His collegiate tenure began as an instructor of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation at Chesapeake College, Maryland. While at Chesapeake, Hickey rose to full professor of Kinesiology and Wellness and served in that capacity from 1983-2005. Concurrent with his academic appointment at Chesapeake, Hickey served in various administrative positions ranging from director of athletics to department chair of allied health. In 2000, Hickey was appointed vice president for academic services at Chesapeake College and remained in that position until accepting the post of president of Clinton Community College in 2005. A position he held for two years. Hickey attended Ithaca College (BS), West Chester State College (MS), and the University of Maryland, College Park where he earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Administration, Supervision, & Curriculum. Among some of Hickeys community activities include board memberships with Mountain Lake PBS, The Development Corporation, Regional Workforce Investment Board and the Clinton-Essex United Way. Dr. Hickey is actively involved in the area of Autism as both an advocate and parent of an autistic child. A native of the North Country, Hickey and his wife Jane reside in Plattsburgh with their two children, Maurice and Michael. Spraggs retired as president of Broome Community College in 2008. Currently, he is a consultant for higher education concerns primarily in planning and leadership development. He has worked in community colleges for over 30 years and has taught at the high school, college and university levels. Spraggs holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science Degrees in Biology from Wayne State University (Detroit, MI.) His Doctorate in Biology was earned at Idaho State University. He has also completed a Management Development Program at Harvard University and an Administrative Leadership Program at Cornell University. Dr. Spraggs was president of the Titusville Campus of Brevard Community College in Florida from 2001 to 2004 and previously employed at North Country Community College. While at North Country Community College from 1980 to 1992 he taught biology and then directed the Continuing Education efforts for that college. He served as the vice president of the Lake Placid Center for the Arts Board of Trustees and was on the Executive Board of the Adirondack Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Outside of education, Spraggs has worked as a professional ski patroller, EMT and appeared in numerous community theatre productions. He is an avid, competitive athlete participating in tennis, golf, cycling and skiing regularly, often accompanied by his adult sons Andrew and Alexander.

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