Cathleen C. McColgin, Ph.D.

Herkimer College President Cathleen McColgin


Dr. Cathleen C. McColgin served eight years as president of Herkimer County Community College. Under Dr. McColgin’s leadership, the College completed a Middle States reaccreditation process and developed a new five-year strategic plan, Building on Our Legacy; Investing in the Future. Several new academic programs were developed, a multi-million dollar construction of the electrical technology smart grid lab was completed, and student success initiatives including a first-year experience program, BookMarket, General’s Cupboard food pantry, and several new mental health and wellness services including The Zen Den were introduced.

Dr. McColgin was one of the Herkimer Generals’ biggest cheerleaders—along with her husband Bob. Under her leadership, the Generals won national championships in baseball, men’s basketball, track and field, and cross country. The College added men’s golf and esports to its growing catalog of intercollegiate athletic teams. Throughout the pandemic, President McColgin ensured business and academic continuity, as well as the health and safety of the campus community.

As president of the New York Community College Association of Presidents (NYCCAP), Dr. McColgin worked tirelessly to advocate for state funding for community colleges. She also served as a member of the President’s Advisory Council for the National Junior College Athletic Association Board of Regents, a member of the Higher Education Research and Development Institute; and an evaluator for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education; and on boards for Mohawk Valley Edge, Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties, and YWCA Mohawk Valley.

Upon Dr. McColgin's retirement, former chair of the Board of Trustees Isabella Crandall said, "President McColgin has served Herkimer County Community College with dedication and diligence. She has been a tireless advocate for community colleges, and especially for Herkimer College. She has led Herkimer through some very challenging times, and is leaving the College positioned for growth in the future."