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First LCC President, Dr. Philip J. Gannon, to speak at 2016 Commencement Ceremony

April 27, 2016

LANSING, MICH. - Dr. Philip J. Gannon will return to Lansing Community College (LCC) to speak at the 2016 Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 15. The ceremony will be held at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center on the campus of Michigan State University.

A reception will be held in his honor on Wednesday, May 11 in the Gannon Building at LCC.

"Few students have the privilege of meeting the founding president of their college or university, especially when that founding president is energetic and crisply analytical at age 93, after having served as president for over 30 years," said Dr. Dale M. Herder, retired LCC administrator and instructor. "His life's work is proof positive that rigorous, accessible, affordable, public education and training nurtures our democracy and economy."

Dr. Gannon's reach extended across the United States and continued internationally as he served as Commissioner and Examiner for the North Central Commission on Colleges and Universities from 1965-1987. He was also appointed by the White House to serve on the National Advisory Board of International Education and the National Advisory Committee on Accreditation and Institutional Eligibility. Additionally, he served as a technical educational consultant to Belize, China, Hungary, Japan, Korea, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam.

"To be a member of the team with Phil Gannon and his visionary leadership was the opportunity of a lifetime," said Dr. Jacqueline Taylor, associate with Pondera Advisors. "His creativity, combined with strategic and futuristic insight, built a pathway of growth and sustainability for LCC and all community colleges. As a major leader in global initiatives for all community colleges, he created lifelong change for faculty, staff and students across the world. He served tirelessly as a role model and mentor to many of us as we carved our own pathways of educational leadership, and I am forever grateful for what I learned from him."

Dr. Gannon's involvement in the Lansing community included the Economic Development Board, Human Relations Committee, Chairman of the United Way/General Campaign, Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Lansing, President of the Board of Directors for the Lansing General Hospital, the Greater Lansing Urban League, and Commissioner of the Higher Education Facilities/Authority.

About Lansing Community College

Lansing Community College is Michigan's third largest community college with approximately 15,000 students attending each year. LCC offers courses in general education for those interested in transferring to a four-year institution, career and workforce development, developmental education, and personal enrichment. To meet the professional development and training needs of regional employees, the college offers customized programs for credit, non-credit, and continuing education. The University Center at LCC offers students the opportunity to earn bachelor's and master's degrees from six partner universities on the downtown LCC campus. For more information, visit

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