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July 20, 2010

Farmingdale State Appoints Brian Maher

Maher to be new director of EOC

Brian Maher
Brian Maher
Brian Maher has been appointed director of the Long Island Educational Opportunity Center at Farmingdale State College.  Maher, previous acting director of the EOC from July 2009, has been a distinguished member of Farmingdale State since 1979.

Maher also served as an adjunct business education professor, business manager and accountant for the EOC which provides tuition-free, non-degree education for educationally and economically disadvantaged persons. "During this past year, Brian has effectively led the EOC faculty and staff in extensive discussions and program planning on how to sustain the center's mission of serving as many students as possible while balancing an anticipated budget with substantial reductions," said Farmingdale State College President W. Hubert Keen.Among Maher's many credentials, he was elected an alternate senator to the University Faculty Senate, was vice chair of UUP/EOC Concerns Committee, and was charter president of the Professional Association Council.  He was honored with both the Chancellor's Award and the Farmingdale Foundation Award for Excellence in Professional Service, two of the highest awards available to a member of the college.

Maher also served as past president of the Providence College Alumni Association and received the Jack Lessing Meritorious Service Award. He attended Providence College in Rhode Island where he earned a BS in business administration.

Community service is important to Maher where he is an active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Babylon, volunteering his time to stewardship for the parish. Maher is a member of the Eastern Amputee Association and helps run its annual golf outing.

He resides in West Islip with his wife Barbara.  They have three children: Dan, Tim and Kara and three grandchildren: Molly, Grace and Brian Michael.

The Long Island Educational Opportunity Center provides counseling services for all students enrolled in the program. The combined resources of counselors and the instructional staff provide the skills, support and guidance needed by students to survive in the educational arena.