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Former President Golladay to Speak at CCC Commencement

DATE: 04-23-2007

Former President Golladay to Speak at CCC Commencement The Commencement speaker for the 2007 graduation ceremonies at Cayuga Community College will be the college's former president, Dennis Golladay, Ph.D. Commencement will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 20, at the Auburn campus.

In December 2006, Golladay left the job he had held for ten years overseeing Cayuga to join the State University of New York administration in Albany. In his new post as SUNY vice chancellor for community colleges, Golladay manages relations with the 30 SUNY community colleges, and provides liaison to the SUNY Board of Trustees and the State University Construction Fund, which provides support for major capital projects.

As Cayuga's sixth president, Golladay brought 24 years of experience as an educator in community college settings, including faculty, dean and vice president positions. While at Cayuga, he served on the SUNY Community College Strategic Plan task force and held the posts of president, vice president, and secretary for the New York State Association of Presidents of Public Community Colleges. Upon his departure from Cayuga, he was honored by the College's Board of Trustees with the title of President Emeritus.

Golladay has provided senior leadership for numerous area organizations. He has served as chair of the Governing Council of the NASA-sponsored Institute for the Application of Geospatial Technology on the Cayuga campus; member of the board of the Institute for Community College Development at Cornell University; and member of the Regional Alliance of the Essential New York Initiative, a forum for economic development in Central New York.

Golladay's record of board service in Cayuga County includes Auburn Memorial Hospital, the Cayuga County Chamber of Commerce, the Montessori School, Schweinfurth Memorial Arts Center, and the United Way, whose 2003 campaign he co-chaired. He also served as a member of the National Judges Panel for the National Women's Hall of Fame 2005 Induction. The Auburn-Cayuga Chapter of the NAACP honored him with a Millennium Award in 2003.

A native of Virginia, Dr. Golladay earned a bachelor's degree in social science and English from Madison College and master's and doctoral degrees in American history from the University of Virginia. He was twice selected as a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar Fellow, and has published articles on American history, politics, the law, and general education.