VALHALLA, N.Y. -- Westchester Community College recently named John F. M. Flynn, a former vice president and dean of academic affairs, as its interim president.
Flynn is set to serve until the college hires a permanent replacement for President Joseph Hankin, who is retiring. Flynn holds a master's and Ph.D in British history from Columbia University.
Flynn began as a full-time faculty member at Westchester Community College in September 1972. He served as the college’s vice president and dean of academic affairs from 1983 to 2005.
"We are fortunate to have been able to hire an excellent college administrator to help us during this transitional period," said Betsy Stern, vice chair of the Westchester Community College Board of Trustees. "He is universally respected and well liked. Dr. Flynn’s awareness of the college, his knowledge of the community and its needs, his overall expertise, and his considerable experience will serve us well."
Stern said in a release that Flynn's appointment begins on Jan. 1, 2014.
“I had the privilege of working hand-in-hand with Dr. Hankin for almost a quarter of a century, helping him and the team of faculty, staff and administrators he assembled to create the college as we now know it,” said Flynn, according to the release. “I am pleased to have been given this opportunity to serve again as we search for a worthy successor to build on the legacy left us."