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Wood Named RCC’s First President Emeritus

Wood Named RCC’s First President Emeritus

Dr. Cliff L. Wood.

DATE: June 2, 2017

Board of Trustees approves honor for retiring President

RAMAPO – In more than 13 years as President of Rockland Community College, Cliff L. Wood made a substantial impact both on RCC and the Rockland County community. Though Dr. Wood will retire soon, he will remain linked to RCC as the College’s first President Emeritus.

The RCC Board of Trustees voted on May 25 to bestow the honor upon Dr. Wood, effective with his retirement. The unanimous vote came immediately after the Board adopted rules to establish criteria for the naming of a President Emeritus.

“Under Dr. Wood’s leadership, RCC has reached out to every corner of Rockland to serve the County’s educational, cultural and business needs,” said Martin Wortendyke, Chair of the Board of Trustees. “He is widely known as a leader of vision and integrity, and is clearly deserving of this title.”

“Of all the honors I have received, this is the one that means the most to me,” Dr. Wood said.

The guidelines for the new honor require that someone serve as President of RCC for at least 10 years before he or she can be considered for Emeritus status. The candidate must have established a record of distinguished service as President, as well as a strong record of service to the general Rockland County community.

Status as a President Emeritus carries several privileges, including the use of the title in community and professional activities. The President Emeritus will also be listed in the RCC catalog and on the website, maintain access to RCC e-mail, and receive invitations to College events and activities.

The current RCC President may request counsel from a President Emeritus, or ask that he or she serve in various volunteer capacities to support the College. The President Emeritus is not under any formal obligation to provide such services.

Dr. Wood will retire on June 30, and Dr. Michael Baston takes over as the new RCC President the next day. “RCC has been my home for 13 years, and I will stay involved when it is appropriate,” Dr. Wood said. “I will be as helpful to the new President as he wishes me to be.”