Cory L. Duckworth, J.D. was installed as the eighth president of Jamestown Community College during a ceremony in the Robert Lee Scharmann Theatre on JCC’s Jamestown Campus.
Representatives from several area and State University of New York (SUNY) colleges and universities as well as area elected officials joined JCC’s regional board of trustees on the stage.
Greetings from SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher were presented by Johanna Duncan-Poitier, SUNY senior vice chancellor for community colleges and the education pipeline. William Sederburg, Ph.D., retired Utah Commissioner of Higher Education and former president of Utah Valley University and Ferris State University, offered congratulatory remarks to Dr. Duckworth, a long-time colleague.
The audience included Gregory T. DeCinque, who retired from JCC’s presidency earlier this year.
Wally Huckno, Sr., chair of the board of trustees, presented Dr. Duckworth with a specially designed president’s medal to be worn at formal college ceremonies.
Dr. Duckworth thanked the board of trustees for the opportunity to lead the college, the first locally sponsored community college in New York state, in new directions.
In his remarks, Dr. Duckworth identified several challenges that will need JCC's attention in the years ahead, noting, “Personal and family value systems that bolster our social, political, economic, and education systems need to be strengthened and supported, and preparation for college-level study must be enhanced.”
He also emphasized the importance of extending JCC's enrollment opportunities to a deeper and wider range of participants and securing higher levels of public and private resources to achieve the college's critical goals and objectives.
“Teaching methods and delivery of student services will need to evolve rapidly to keep pace with the technological revolution that is sweeping every social and economic sector to which we are engaged,” Dr. Duckworth added, highlighting the significance of JCC being a full partner and participant in “achieving an economic revitalization of the communities in which we live."
Dr. Duckworth’s appointment as JCC president by the SUNY board of trustees in August followed a national search conducted by a committee comprised of JCC faculty, staff, students, and community members.
Prior to his appointment at JCC, Dr. Duckworth served as vice president of student affairs and strategic planning at Utah Valley University (UVU) and vice president for university advancement and marketing at Ferris State University.
Following his graduation from the University of Utah College of Law, Dr. Duckworth worked as a political science instructor and pre-law advisor at Southern Utah University where he subsequently accepted the position of assistant director of development.
He later worked at Minot State University in North Dakota as executive assistant to the president for planning and development, director of the St. Cloud State University Foundation in Minnesota, and associate vice president for institutional advancement at UVU.
Throughout his career, Dr. Duckworth has initiated a wide range of strategies for the benefit of students and the academy. He has raised substantial funds from private sources in support of these efforts. He has served as director of the Utah Valley Senior Executive Leadership Forum, as a board director of the Utah Higher Education Assistance Authority, as president of the Orem Rotary Club, and as a member of the board of directors for United Way of Utah County.
Dr. Duckworth is the former chair of the UVU Strategic Directions Advisory Board and a former board director for Region V of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. He was honored with the Eileen Tosney Award for Distinguished Service by the American Association of University Administrators. He was also awarded the UVU Board of Trustees Award of Excellence.
Dr. Duckworth and his wife Elva are the parents of five children and ten grandchildren.