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May 24, 2010

Farmingdale State President Named To Power List

Dr. W. Hubert Keen, Ph.D.
President W. Hubert Keen

Farmingdale State College President W. Hubert Keen today was named to the 2010 "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. 37 out of the 50 individuals who were included on the list, and he was one of only three college presidents named. It was the third straight year he was named to the list.

The "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 Long Island Press especially cited his and Farmingdale's efforts in creating green technologies for the region.

Since being named President of the 7,000-student campus in January 2007, Dr. Keen has propelled Farmingdale forward in several key areas, including academic programs, scientific research, and infrastructure improvements. This year, the College established a Green Building Institute to train municipalities and the public in the conception, design, and construction of environmentally-friendly buildings. In addition, this year a Farmingdale student was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, the first in the College's history. Fulbright Scholarships are among the most prestigious scholarships in the world.

In addition, the College reached more than 100 percent of its fall enrollment target for the third straight year under Dr. Keen's leadership. The number of applications rose for the 11th straight year and selectivity improved for the eighth straight year. Incoming students have a high school GPA of 87.

Farmingdale began its transition to a four-year, baccalaureate-degree institution over 15 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, Nursing, Applied Psychology and 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 Campus Center this year. The College is also in the midst of a $185 million construction and renovation project including a new building for the School of Business, an Information Commons, and further improvements to the College's superior athletic facilities.

Among the honors and awards the College has received in the past year year are:

Selected as one of the "Best Colleges" in the North by US News & World ReportNamed the second safest campus in the nation in a statistical analysis conducted by the online publication The Daily BeastNamed one of the top 100 public colleges and universities in the nation in terms of earning power of graduates in an online survey conducted by payscale.com

The complete "Long Island Power List" list can be viewed at www.longislandpress.com.