Dr. Gregory DeCinque, president of Jamestown Community College, has been named by Chautauqua Leadership Network as the recipient of the organization's 2013 Leader of the Year Award.
DeCinque, who will retire from his position at JCC at the close of the academic year, will be honored by CLN at an award dinner later this month.
The Leader of the Year Award is given to an individual or organization whose activities have done the most to further the vision and mission of Chautauqua Lead-ership Network. Now in its 21st year, CLN is a not-for-profit organization designed to identify, recruit, train and network area professionals. To date, 492 individuals have participated in the program, which was founded to develop effective community leaders to address the challenges and opportunities facing Chautauqua County.
Dr. Gregory DeCinque
In their nomination letter, JCC colleagues described DeCinque as "a kind, caring, compassionate, visionary leader" who also "nurtures leadership skills in others." They further state that while DeCinque "has had many opportunities to engage with other institutions of higher education, he has chosen to devote his entire career to community colleges because of his deep conviction that these are the institutions capable of having the greatest impact at the community level."
Joining JCC in 1994 during a time of declining enrollments and funding, De-Cinque made difficult decisions in his early years that guided the college toward viability and vitality. Particularly significant among his accomplishments was bringing to fruition a change in college sponsorship that expanded JCC's funding base beyond the original sponsor - the city of Jamestown - to include Chautauqua and Cattarau-gus counties. He successfully led the school from financial uncertainty to being named the "Top Performing Public Two-Year College" in New York in 2011 by The Chronicle of Higher Educa-tion.
DeCinque's ability to forge and nurture governmental, educational and business partnerships is unparalleled in the history of JCC. His focus on the future of the school has been marked by two decades of technology enhancements; the opening of the college as a residential campus to over 200 students from outside the school's service area; and cutting the ribbon on a new Science Center, making it the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-eligible facility in the area.
JCC has played a key role throughout CLN's history, and DeCinque has encouraged the school's participation in each year's leadership class and the ongoing participation of employees once they are CLN alumni. In total, JCC has sponsored more than 35 individuals in the leadership classes.
DeCinque will be honored by CLN at an award dinner at 6 p.m. June 27, at Webb's Captain Table in Mayville. Reservations are due June 20 by calling Pene Hutton, CLN director, at 338-1555. The cost for the banquet is $35 per person.
For more information about CLN, visit the organization's new website at www.chautauqualeadership.org. Sponsors include the Lake Erie Regional Health System of New York, The Resource Center and Nestle Purina.