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  • Hoy takes over as president of Delaware Technical Community College

  • Delaware Technical Community College recently announced that Murray Hoy would be taking over as the school’s president. Hoy will succeed former president Orlando J. George Jr., who worked at the college for 45 years before retiring June 30. The Dover Post recently caught up with Hoy to ask him about his new position.
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  • Delaware Technical Community College recently announced that Murray Hoy would be taking over as the school’s president. Hoy will succeed former president Orlando J. George Jr., who worked at the college for 45 years before retiring June 30. The Dover Post recently caught up with Hoy to ask him about his new position.
     
    Q How did you come to apply for Delaware Tech president job?
    A I really wasn’t looking for a new job but then I read about Dr. George’s retirement in the Delaware Tech alumni magazine, which we receive because my wife is a Delaware Tech graduate.
    My wife and I discussed the position as a growth opportunity in my career and as a chance to live closer to our family, which has always been a personal goal. The position is a natural progression to my career in community college leadership. I’ve worked at two Maryland Eastern Shore community colleges for the past 38 years; the last 14 years, I served as president of Wor-Wic Community College in Salisbury. I will be transitioning from a single campus institution to Delaware Technical Community College, with four campus locations.
     
    Q What do you love about being a college president?
    A There are a number of things I love about being a community college president. It is always exciting because no two days are alike. There are always new challenges and new opportunities. The people I come in contact with, whether they are students, staff or people from the community, always energize me. But the most important thing about what I do is that it makes a difference. It makes a difference to the person who comes for just one class and obtains a skill that leads to a promotion. It makes a difference to the person who is the first in their family to earn a college degree. It makes a difference to the person who lost a job and receives training for a new career. It makes a difference for the student who figures out what they want to do with their life and then achieves success with our help. It makes a difference for the student who can’t afford four years at a residential campus and needs a quality education at an affordable price. It makes a difference for the business that needs skilled employees. It makes a difference for the many students who obtain a career with family-sustaining wages and it makes a difference for the state that so many citizens earn an education and are filling critical jobs in local businesses and industry.
     
     
    Page 2 of 2 - Q What are you hoping to accomplish in your new role?
    A Delaware Tech has a long history of success, most recently under the leadership of Orlando J. George Jr., but also since the first president, Paul K. Weatherly, developed, grew and nurtured the institution. While I am in the role of president at Delaware Tech, I plan to build upon the past accomplishments and continue to grow and develop the college to ensure its success for years to come. We will continue to address the education and training needs of the citizens and businesses of Delaware. There will always be new challenges and demands that the college will appropriately tackle with the support of the governor, the Legislature and the business community.
     
    Q Do you foresee any challenges in your new job?
    A There are numerous challenges facing higher education today, such as how to assist the state to be more competitive in the global economy by producing more college graduates; positioning the institution to prepare the workforce for emerging industries and new technologies; reducing time to degree for students needing developmental education; providing higher education opportunities for high school students while they are still in high school, in order to give them a head start; ensuring that the state’s workforce has appropriate training resources to keep our businesses competitive, etc. The list goes on and on. Fortunately, the institution has some very bright people who are committed to the success of the college, our students and our businesses. So, together we will address these challenges and many others.
     
    Q What do you like about Dover?
    A Growing up in Chestertown, I have been familiar with Dover my entire life. As a child, my parents often brought me and my sister to Dover – we shopped downtown and at the Blue Hen Mall. As a teenager, I have fond memories of playing golf at the old Maple Dale course. I appreciate the history of Dover –the center of government in the First State. My family and I enjoy local events such as Dover Days and we are looking forward to living in the Dover area.

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