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February 29, 2008

Dr. W. Hubert Keen Named to 2008 "LI Power List"

Farmingdale State President ranked No. 36 among the most influential on Long Island

Farmingdale State College President W. Hubert Keen today was named to the 2008 "LI Power List," the annual ranking of Long Island 's most powerful and influential figures published by the Long Island Press. Dr. Keen was ranked No. 36 out of the 51 individuals who were included on the list, and he was one of only three college presidents named.

The "LI Power List" ranks leaders from the fields of business, government, academia, healthcare, not-for-profit, and the public sector. Dr. Keen is the first president from Farmingdale State College ever to make the list.

In naming Dr. Keen, the LI Press cited his experience, vision for the College, and his "powerful fundraising background.which could help transform the school. You can bet this will not be the last time Keen is on the Power List."

Since being named President of the 6,500-student campus 14 months ago, in January 2007, Dr. Keen has propelled Farmingdale forward in several key areas, including academic programs, scientific research, and infrastructure improvements. Last year, the College was awarded its first-ever grant from the National Institutes of Health-one of the most prestigious federal science grants-to study specialized immune-system cells in the human body. Farmingdale also was awarded two U.S. patents for its research innovations in hydrogen fuel cell technology.

In addition, the College reached 103 per cent of its enrollment target for Fall 2007 and its number of applications rose for the 6 th straight year. Enrollment climbed by 200 over the previous year and has increased 27.8 per cent since 2000. Nearly 45 per cent of first-time full-time freshman now have a high school GPA of at least 85.

Farmingdale began its transition to a four-year, baccalaureate-degree institution nearly 10 years ago and plays a critical role in supplying the region's workforce. A leader in aligning its academic programs to satisfy industry needs, the College has added programs in Applied Economics and Applied Psychology, and soon will introduce a program in Software Technology.

Dr. Keen has also led the re-invigoration of efforts in alumni affairs, community outreach, fund-raising, and campus construction. For instance, Farmingdale is planning to break ground on a new $25 million Student Center next year. The College is also planning to renovate its athletic facilities, including lacrosse and soccer fields, tennis courts, and locker rooms.

Sal Ferro, president of Alure Home Improvements Inc., and an alumnus of Farmingdale State College also was named to the "Power List." Ferro, ranked No. 34, was praised for employing experts in every area of home design and for eco-friendly products and services.

The complete list can be viewed at www.longislandpress.com.