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On behalf of our SUNY Broome Community College Board of Trustees, I am pleased to present Dr. Hawkins as the new president of SUNY Broome Community College. He will replace retiring president Dr. Kevin Drumm.

Dr. Hawkins was born and raised in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, Dr. Hawkins earned his Bachelor’s degree from Towson State University, Master’s from University of Georgia, Certificate of Advanced Study from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, and Ph.D. in educational leadership from New York University.

Dr. Hawkins recently served as the Provost/Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs, Continuing Education, and Workforce Development at Frederick Community College in Maryland.

Prior to assuming that assignment, he was the college-wide dean of humanities at Montgomery College (MD) with oversight of a division that included course offerings in history, political science, world languages, philosophy, American Sign Language, women’s and gender studies, and two learning centers.

He has performed other administrative assignments as a campus Dean of Art, Humanities, and Social Sciences at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus of Montgomery College and Associate Dean of English and Humanities at Hudson County Community College in Jersey City, NJ. Dr. Hawkins held the faculty rank of Associate Professor of Speech Communication and Theater at Prince George’s Community College (MD), teaching courses in Human Communication, Theater, and Radio, Television, and Film Production.

His research interests include exploring the relationships between community colleges and their secondary school partners, issues of access and equity, and the impact of education policy on urban community colleges. He has presented on closing the achievement gap, the connection between student and academic affairs, and classroom assessment practices. He is also a certified workshop leader in Facilitative Leadership by Interactive Associates.

Dr. Hawkins is a member of the American Association of Community Colleges and the Council for the Study of Community Colleges. He is a recipient of the 1999 K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award from the American Association for Higher Education and the 2013 On Their Shoulders We Stand Award from Montgomery College. And finally, he is a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association with numerous theatrical productions to his credit.

Dr. Hawkins stated “I am honored to join the SUNY Broome community in providing the most enriching, innovative, vibrant and welcoming educational and workplace experience for students, faculty and staff. I look forward to what we will accomplish together in the years ahead.  I am extremely excited to lead SUNY Broome’s talented and dedicated staff who create the environment necessary for students to succeed.”

I want to thank Anthony Paniccia, Chair of the Search Committee and all members of the Search Committee for their commitment to a rigorous search process.  This is an important time for community colleges across our country and for SUNY Broome Community College in particular.  The Board of Directors are delighted to welcome our new President, Dr. Tony Hawkins to our College and our community.  He brings all the best skills necessary to lead SUNY Broome into the future successfully.

Kathy Connerton, Esq.
SUNY Broome Board of Trustees