Resolution J2474-2013

Honoring Dr. Gregory T. DeCinque upon the occasion of his retirement as President of Jamestown Community College



  • Jun 18, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jun 14, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  honoring Dr. Gregory T. DeCinque upon the occa-
sion of his retirement as President of Jamestown Community College

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative  Body  to  acknowledge  the
significant  milestones  in  the distinguished careers of esteemed resi-
dents of this great Empire State; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing  traditions,  it is the sense of this Legislative Body to honor
Dr. Gregory T. DeCinque upon the occasion of his retirement as President
of Jamestown Community College; and
  WHEREAS, Dr. DeCinque graduated with a  bachelor's  degree  in  Social
Science  from Montclair State College; he continued his education at New
York University where he completed  a  master's  degree  in  Educational
Administration, and he earned his Ph.D. in Educational Administration at
the University of Texas at Austin; and
  WHEREAS, In 1982, Dr. DeCinque received a Richardson Fellowship at the
University  of Texas; three years later, he received an American Council
on Education Fellowship; and
  WHEREAS, Dr. DeCinque has a  well-established  record  of  achievement
focused  on  education; he was responsible for the planning and develop-
ment of the Advanced Technology Center at Brookdale  Community  College,
and  was  named  a Founding Father of the High Technology High School in
Lincroft, New Jersey, in 1992; and
  WHEREAS, Dr. DeCinque began his service in 1994 as Jamestown Community
College's seventh president; his  leadership  was  especially  important
during  a  time  where  the  College  faced  the challenges of declining
enrollment and funding; and
  WHEREAS, Under the  guidance  of  Dr.  DeCinque,  Jamestown  Community
College  was  regionalized,  moving from sole sponsorship by the city of
Jamestown, to also including sponsorship by Chautauqua  and  Cattaraugus
counties; and
  WHEREAS,  Another  hallmark  of Dr. DeCinque's presidency has been the
expansion of the opportunities provided by Jamestown  Community  College
within the region; the North County Extension Center and the North Coun-
ty  Training and Conference facility were opened in Dunkirk, New York; a
$31 million campus in Olean, New York, was constructed; the College,  in
conjunction  with the Olean YMCA, also established a shared athletic and
recreation facility to serve the Olean community; and
  WHEREAS, With a focus on creating regional educational  and  workforce
training  opportunities,  Dr.  DeCinque  oversaw  the establishment of a
partnership with the Manufacturers Association of the Southern  Tier  to
create  the  Manufacturing  Technology  Institute  and the creation of a
number of new degree and certificate programs  including  biotechnology,
environmental science, entrepreneurship, occupational therapy assistant,
professional piloting and welding technology; and
  WHEREAS, With Dr. DeCinque's leadership, the College became a residen-
tial campus, opening it to over 200 students from outside the area; and
  WHEREAS,  Throughout  his  tenure  at Jamestown Community College, Dr.
DeCinque's vision and leadership has made a profoundly  positive  impact
on  the  College  and  within  the  community;  his  dedication and deep
conviction to the importance of a strong community  college  within  the
local community cannot be overstated; and
  WHEREAS,  Dr. DeCinque is the longest-serving president in the history
of the 62-year-old community college; and
  WHEREAS, Dedicated to community service, Dr. DeCinque shares his  time
and   talents  with  numerous  community  organizations,  including  the
Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier, Chautauqua County Indus-

trial Development Agency, WCA Advisory Group,  Chautauqua  County  Work-
force  Investment Board, Far West Council of Superintendents, United Way
of Southern Chautauqua County, Chautauqua County  Chamber  of  Commerce,
and the Jamestown Strategic Planning Commission; and
  WHEREAS,  Dr. DeCinque and his wife, Laura, have been blessed with two
sons, Ryan and Spencer; and
  WHEREAS, This  Legislative  Body  observes  that  special  recognition
should  be  given to those who work so assiduously for the betterment of
their communities and for their profound commitment to education in this
great Empire State and Nation; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
honor  Dr. Gregory T. DeCinque for his service as President of Jamestown
Community College; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Dr. Gregory T. DeCinque.


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