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The Erie County Community College has its first president — even if her tenure might be temporary. Judith Gay, vice president for strategic initiatives and chief of staff for the Community College of Philadelphia, was named interim president for the new college by a unanimous vote of the Board of Trustees Wednesday night. Gay's first day on the job will be Feb. 1. She previously served as vice president of academic affairs and interim president at the Community College of Philadelphia. Prior to her time there, she worked as a division chair for the Montgomery County Community College, which is also part of the commonwealth's system of public community colleges.

College Snapshots

Faculty member, Debonair Oates-Primus, was recently selected as student commencement speaker for Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s December 14 graduate commencement ceremony. She will receive her doctoral degree in Literature and Criticism. Oates-Primus began teaching English at the College 11 years ago. Since then, she has helped to create the Diversity Certificate Program and played an integral role in the development of the new Black Studies major. She has also published her short stories in several magazines and journals. In an Interview with IUP News, Oate-Primus explained that she was motivated to “set an example of achievement” for her students of color. She believes “students need to see that people from their community can be successful even what they aren’t able to see it modeled around them.” Oates-Primus's graduation was celebrated by her students. She said when that when they found out she passed "Well, the students couldn’t wait. [She] walked into the classroom and they were all yelling congratulations and running up to hug [her]."

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