Erie County Community College welcomes new president

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The Erie County Community College Board of Trustees and others have welcomed a new president.

Dr. Chris Gray is coming from a background filled with academic and workforce development. He was most recently the Vice President For Academic and Student Affairs at McHenry County College in McHenry County, Illinois.

The president of the college says his mission is to partner with local Erie schools to meet the needs of those, especially the underserved communities, who are looking forward to pursuing a college career and transition to the workforce.

“What’s critical with those underserved populations, the current system doesn’t meet their needs, they may not even have access to it. So one thing we’re going to have to do as the community’s college is get into those neighborhoods, get into those high schools, get into those churches, to start to understand what are the needs, what are the barriers, and how do we help develop a system where they can access that post-secondary opportunity,” said Dr. Chris Gray, president, Erie County Community College.

Applications for the community college open July 15th. Visit for more information.

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