News from the Office for Institutional Advancement at Farmingdale State College
May, 2012
Farmingdale Forward

President Keen Unveils ‘Farmingdale Forward’ Plan

“Farmingdale Forward: 10 Goals for 10 Years” — an ambitious agenda for Farmingdale State College’s future — includes an increase of enrollment and in faculty, the expansion of academic programs to include the institution’s first Master’s degrees, and the next phase of a campus-wide renovation and modernization. The details of the plan were announced today by President Keen to an audience of legislators, business leaders, campus officials, faculty, students, and alumni following a ceremony celebrating the College’s 100th Anniversary last month. “Farmingdale has a rich past,” Dr. Keen said. “And with this rich past we are moving forward in many important ways.” Elements of the plan include increasing enrollment by nearly 1,000 to 8,400, offering Master’s degrees—the first of which, in Engineering Technology Management, will be offered in 2013; and the hiring of 70 new faculty, at the rate of seven per year, and raising the level of scholarly research. For more details of the Farmingdale Forward plan, please visit:

Lt. Governor at Bioscience Park Ceremony

Lt. Governor Robert Duffy officially welcomed OSI Pharmaceuticals as the anchor tenant of the Broad Hollow Bioscience Park (BHBP) at Farmingdale State College.  The company’s decision to remain on Long Island was made possible by legislation passed last year which was sponsored by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. and Assemblyman Bob Sweeney. The legislation also makes it possible for the College and BHBP to proceed with plans to expand the bioscience park. “The people of Long Island stand to benefit from the partnership of Farmingdale State College and OSI,” Lt. Governor Duffy said. The law allows BHBP to enter lease agreements and to expand the bioscience park with an expected 787 direct and indirect jobs to be created and an estimated annual payroll of approximately $50 million to be added to the local economy within the next decade.

Newsday Editorial Praises Farmingdale

Newsday praised the progress and direction of the College and commended the leadership of Dr. Keen in an editorial that appeared last month. Referencing the plan to offer Master’s degrees, Newsday said, “That’s exactly the right goal for this school…Farmingdale’s program can help remedy [the economy] by training students for jobs that are there—at bargain tuition, instead of saddling them with crushing student debt.”  Newsday called plans to increase enrollment “a worthwhile goal.” The editorial can be accessed at

Commencement to Take Place May 12

Degrees will be awarded to almost 1,200 students at the College’s 93h annual Commencement ceremony to be held Saturday, May 12. The ceremony will bring to a close the year-long celebration of Farmingdale’s 100th Anniversary (Farmingdale was established by an act of the State Legislature in April 1912 and welcomed its first class of 60 students in 1916). Kirk Kordeleski, President and CEO of Bethpage Federal Credit Union (BFCU), will receive an honorary degree and will serve as keynote speaker. BFCU is the largest credit union on Long Island and has partnered with the College on numerous academic and community efforts. He is active in the Long Island Association and Project Grad, among many other philanthropic and business organizations.


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