Dr. Alfred C. O’Connell, Founding President of Genesee Community College and Library Namesake, Dies

Dr. Alfred C. O’Connell, Genesee Community College’s first president, died November 11 in North Carolina. He was 83 years old.

Genesee’s first Board of Trustees recruited Dr. O’Connell in 1966 to organize the new college which had been approved by Genesee County voters in a November 1965 referendum. At that time, Dr. O’Connell was serving as president of Harford Community College in Maryland.

Dr. O’Connell served from February, 1967 to August, 1970. He was widely credited with recruiting a distinguished faculty, and setting high standards for academic programs and college operations.

For more information about Dr. O'Connell, see the recent College News story related to his death, and the College Archives College Presidents web page.

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