The editorial board: the new president of the ECC has the chance to put the college on a more secure footing | Editorial

The City Campus, on the other hand, serves many low-income and minority students. There are other ways to provide a high quality education for students who might otherwise be attending the South Campus. Society has grown accustomed to virtual learning, which works best for older learners. Could this serve students while helping to reduce costs?

Balkin succeeds Dan Hocoy who left after three years at the ECC, assuming the post of president at the Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City. The ECC board refused to offer Hocoy a contract extension. Hocoy was named president of Goddard College in Vermont last summer.

William D. Reuter, vice president of administration and finance at Hudson Valley Community College and former executive and financial director of ECC, deserves thanks for his work taking the helm in July 2020 as the college sought a new president. Reuter was not a candidate for the permanent post.

Balkin, who served as chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College’s South Bend-Elkhart campus in Indiana, seems well qualified not only to lead the college but also to rethink the model here. He has an impressive background, reaching the business field, creating beneficial partnerships.

Getting the ECC back on track was never going to be easy, but the pandemic has made it even more difficult. The work ahead will be marked by controversy, but it is clear that changes are inevitable. The hope is that Balkin’s track record makes him the one to run the college on more stable ground.

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