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About President McColgin

Cathleen.McColgin.Env.9.15.110r5Dr. Cathleen C. McColgin began her tenure as the fourth president of Herkimer County Community College on June 1, 2015. Dr. McColgin previously served as provost and senior vice president at Onondaga Community College from 2008 to 2015, where she was responsible for providing leadership and oversight of all educational services including academic departments and programs, faculty professional development, student academic support services, and instructional design and delivery.

Dr. McColgin also served as provost of Cayuga Community College’s Fulton Campus from 2001 to 2008, and as a faculty member and coordinator of the Nursing Arts Laboratory at Cayuga Community College from 1988 to 2001. A registered nurse, Dr. McColgin served as an officer in the United States Army Reserve as a member of the 376th Combat Support Hospital, obtaining the rank of captain. Dr. McColgin is an evaluator for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and serves on several community boards including the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties, the United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica, YWCA, and Mohawk Valley EDGE.

Dr. McColgin holds an A.A.S. in Respiratory Therapy from Washtenaw Community College (Ann Arbor, MI); A.A.S. in Nursing from Cayuga Community College; B.S. from Syracuse University’s College of Nursing; and an M.S. in Nursing and Ph.D. in Higher Education from Syracuse University.

Dr. McColgin said, "I am honored that the Board of Trustees of Herkimer College has selected me to serve as the fourth president of the College, and I would like to thank the Board for their confidence in my ability to lead this institution. Herkimer College has a long history of providing high quality academic and co-curricular programs that meet the needs of a diverse student body. I look forward to building upon the College's strong foundation by working with the Board of Trustees, the dedicated members of the faculty and staff, and the entire campus community. I will also work with members of the local community, and business and government leaders, to ensure that the College continues to meet the personal, educational and workforce needs of the citizens of Herkimer County."