September 8, 2008
Farmingdale State College President W. Hubert Keen Named
Leading Long Island Educator to be Honored January 15
Farmingdale State College President W. Hubert Keen is a winner of the David Award, presented annually by Networking magazine to men for exceptional achievement in their chosen fields. Dr. Keen will be honored with seven other winners at the annual David Awards Breakfast at the Crest Hollow Country Club on January 15.
Dr. Keen became Farmingdale's president in January 2007. Under his leadership, the College has experienced dramatic increases in applications and enrollment, increases in the SAT scores and high school averages of incoming students, the expansion of academic programs, an increase in research activity, and a modernization of campus facilities. Last year, Farmingdale received its first-ever grant from the National Institutes of Health and two patents for research advances related to hydrogen cell technology.
As the largest college of applied science and technology in the SUNY system, with more than 6,500 students, Farmingdale also plays a critical role in the Long Island economy through the education of the regional workforce. In addition, Farmingdale's outreach to the community includes a Liberty Partnership program and an Educational Opportunity Program to attract socio-economically disadvantaged students to college, and a "University in the High School" program to provide college-level curriculum to talented high school students. The campus is also home to the Long Island Educational Opportunity Center , which provides education for adults seeking high school diplomas preparation to enter college degree programs and workforce education.
"We're very proud of the progress Farmingdale has made and the upward trajectory we are experiencing," Keen said. "As a four-year institution, we recognize that we must play an important role in education, research, business, and the in community. It takes more than a President to make that happen-it takes dedicated faculty and staff, and determined students. I am grateful for the recognition the David Award symbolizes, and I am grateful for the support I get, every day."
The other winners of the David Award are: Dr. Akram Boutros, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, St. Francis Hospital; Roger Tilles, New York State Board of Regents; Dr. Yacov Shamash, Vice President/Economic Development and Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Stony Brook University, attorney Frederick K. Brewington, attorney Thomas Gulotta, Robert A. Isaksen, President, LI Market, Bank of America LI; and Robert M. Pascucci, President, Jobco Incorporated.