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December 11th, 2013 Posted in In Case You Missed It
Editor’s Note: An article Cathleen McColgin was originally run in the fall/winter 2010 edition of The Spartan.

Cathleen C. McColgin, Ph.D. ’86

Cathleen McColgin May 2010Dr. McColgin’s association with Cayuga Community College has been a long and impressive one. It began soon after she graduated in 1986 with an AAS in Nursing. After working as an RN and completing her BS in Nursing at SU in 1987, she joined the CCC faculty in 1988 as Coordinator of the Nursing Lab. While employed at Cayuga, Cathleen served in instructional and administrative capacities: as instructor, assistant professor, associate professor, and professor in the Nursing Department; then as the college’s first Director of Assessment; and in 2001 as Associate Dean of the Fulton campus.

By 2008, Cathleen was serving as Provost of the Fulton Campus, as well as President of the Faculty-Student Association (FSA). Cathleen received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service in 2005. She also led the successful application process to SUNY and SED (State Education Department) for Branch Campus status of the Fulton campus, which the Governor approved in March 2006. While she served as president of FSA, she presided over negotiations with Follett Higher Education Group for management of the college’s bookstore, which was successful and resulted in securing a $100,000 donation to the Cayuga Community College Foundation. Some of the community and college service organizations that Cathleen has been actively involved in as a board member include the CCC Foundation, ACC/CCC Alumni Association, United Way of Oswego County, and Oswego County Chamber of Commerce.

Previously, Dr. McColgin served for 15 years as a captain in the United States Army Reserve at the 376th Combat Support Hospital. In August 2008, Dr. McColgin was named Provost and Senior Vice President of Onondaga Community College. Her responsibilities there include supervision of instructional, student, enrollment, and diversity services, along with continuing and extended learning. In addition, she leads the faculty to achieve goals and objectives as set forth in the Academic Master Plan and the college’s strategic plan.

Cathleen and her husband Robert have three grown children, Colleen, Todd, and Jennifer, and one grandchild, Mars. Cathleen enjoys golf and travel in her free time.

Update: Fall 2013
Onondaga Community College Provost Cathleen C. McColgin — formerly provost of the Fulton campus of Cayuga Community College — received the prestigious 2013 Multicultural Leadership Award at the National Diversity & Leadership Conference Sept. 19 at the California University of Pennsylvania.

The Multicultural Leadership award recognizes individuals who have made a difference through their achievements and exemplify the ability to excel in their field.

“This award is a tremendous honor for Dr. McColgin and our entire campus community,” said Onondaga President Casey Crabill. “Dr. McColgin’s efforts have made Onondaga a better place for all who come here. We are grateful for her contributions and proud of her accomplishments.”

McColgin, of Skaneateles, has been at OCC for five years. She was provost in Fulton’s CCC campus for seven years. She also was a full-time tenured professor at CCC for 13 years.

McColgin received her doctorate degree in higher education with an emphasis on teaching and administration from Syracuse University. She is a New York State registered nurse and spent 15 years as a captain in the United States Army Reserve at the 376th Combat Support Hospital.

Gen. Colin Powell was the conference keynote speaker at the conference.

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