2008-02-06 / Local News

Quinn named ninth president of ECC

Jack F. Quinn Jr. Jack F. Quinn Jr. The Erie Community College Board of Trustees has named Jack F. Quinn Jr. the next president of the college.

Quinn, who will be ECC's ninth president, must still be approved by the State University of New York, which had representatives involved in the search.

A 26-member presidential selection committee was formed in spring 2007 after former ECC president William J. Mariani stepped down at the end of 2006. William D. Reuter has been the interim president.

Quinn, 56, was one of four finalists selected from among 59 who applied for the job.

In December, the committee voted to forward Quinn, along with one other finalist, Roger Bates, special assistant to the provost at New Mexico State University, for a second round of interviews in January. However, Bates withdrew his name from consideration after accepting another position.

Quinn also met with the ECC community during visits to all three campuses on Jan. 23 and 24.

Currently, Quinn serves as president of Cassidy & Associates, a government relations firm, in Washington, D.C. He has served in that position since 2005.

He served as a Republican congressman for the 27th District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1993 to 2004.

Prior to that, he was supervisor of the Town of Hamburg, serving from 1984 to 1992. Quinn also taught English at Orchard Park Middle School from 1973 to 1983.

Quinn earned a bachelor's degree in English education from Siena College and a master's degree in English education from the University at Buffalo.

He is currently director of the compensation and governance committees at Kaiser Aluminum Corporation; director of the Program on Science in the Public Interest at Georgetown University; corporate advisory board member of the So Others May Eat program; director of fundraising of the American Ireland Fund; trustee of the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust; and a board director of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation. He resides in Alexandria, Va., and Hamburg.

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