The Farmingdale State College (FSC) Alumni Association has announced Chris Croken ’05, who has served as a member of the Alumni Board since November 2022, will now take the lead as board president.  

The Farmingdale Alumni Association, an independent, non-profit organization, works to cultivate mutually beneficial relationships between FSC and its growing community of 100,000 alumni worldwide.  

Croken, who earned a B.T. in visual communications while at FSC, serves as assistant vice president of business development and hospital and healthcare partnerships for Bethpage Federal Credit Union, one of the largest credit unions in the country, and the largest in New York State, with over 460,000 members nationwide.  

In his current role, Croken oversees healthcare partnerships, business development, marketing, networking, and community development efforts for 26 large hospitals and over 700 plus locations.  

In 2020, Croken received an M.S. in organizational leadership from Trine University in Indiana. He also specialized as a retail sales training manager for Best Buy and as a mortgage sales trainer and originator before joining Bethpage Federal Credit Union 13 years ago.  

“Chris’ personal commitment to FSC, extensive experience with community partnerships, and record of professional accomplishment make him an exemplary leader for the Alumni Association,” said Matthew J. Colson, FSC’s vice president for development and alumni engagement. “His skillset and expertise will no doubt elevate the association, its missions, and its goals into the future.” 

The veteran business professional and visual communicator brings a wealth of community involvement and recognitions: weekly presenter on News 12 Long Island for the Bethpage Scholar Athlete Award; member of the Nassau Hub Development Committee; host of the Long Island Association (LIA) Nassau Hub Development Think Tank at Cradle of Aviation; guest judge for several local industry competitions; recipient of the Wayne Grosse Bethpage CEO Standing Ovation Award and the New York Stars 40 Under 40 Award; mentor for future leadership with Young Professionals LIA, and Career Night guest panelist with FSC’s Nexus Center.  

“FSC is part of a central hub for business on Long Island, and we are energized to support its mission in new, engaging ways that will benefit our area. In my role at Bethpage, building and cultivating relationships is at the core of what we do. As board president, my goal is to build strong, thriving, strategic partnerships with neighboring corporations and among FSC’s vibrant alumni network. We all look forward to the success ahead!” said Croken. “I am excited to collaborate with everyone in the greater FSC community in my new capacity and advance the association’s efforts to provide valuable programs and services, scholarship, and friendship.” 

For more information, please visit the Farmingdale College Alumni Association webpage