April 21, 2014 – Dr. D. David Conklin, president of Dutchess Community College, has been selected to receive the prestigious 2014 Alumni Excellence Award from the Penn State College of Education.
“This award is the highest honor bestowed upon an alumnus,” stated David H. Monk, dean of Penn State’s College of Education. He added that Conklin embodies the “philosophies and values” that the school strives to achieve.
Conklin will retire from his position in August after leading DCC for 22 years. He currently is the longest actively serving president in the State University of New York system. Since coming to DCC in 1992, Conklin has worked tirelessly with faculty and staff to enhance not only the College’s academic programs, but its services and facilities as well, helping DCC become one of the most highly regarded community colleges in the SUNY system. He also has been instrumental in keeping college tuition the lowest in the state for 14 years in a row.
Conklin, who earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Penn State, will be presented with the award in October. He was nominated for the award by DCC Board Chair Thomas E. LeGrand.