Keuka College President Jorge L. Díaz-Herrera requested Board of Trustees approval to retire effective July 1, citing a death in his immediate family earlier this month. The Board approved his request.
“‘Family first’ has always been the mantra at Keuka College. I have made the difficult decision to retire as president so that I can provide the help and support my daughter and young grandsons need in this time of tragedy,” he said.
The Board of Trustees has appointed Amy Storey, vice president for advancement and external affairs, as interim president effective July 1. Alan Ziegler, chair of the Board of Trustees, said Storey’s appointment would guarantee a seamless transition and ensure the College’s upward momentum isn’t lost.
“Amy brings to this role a deep understanding of the College’s strengths and opportunities, as well as strong, collaborative relationships with students, faculty, staff, alumni, trustees, and other college leaders,” Mr. Ziegler said. “Her positive impact on Keuka College cannot be overstated, and I am confident she will provide the College with extraordinary leadership during this time of transition.”
Ms. Storey joined the College early during President Díaz-Herrera’s administration as the College’s chief advancement officer. She currently provides leadership over a number of administrative functions, including development, marketing and communications, alumni relations, community relations, college-wide events, conference services, facilities, and dining. In addition, she’s the executive liaison for the College’s diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.
“I’m humbled and honored to serve as this great college’s interim president. I recognize that this temporary appointment carries with it a solemn obligation to our students, faculty, staff, trustees, and alumni to inspire confidence, to build bridges, and to protect and enhance our vibrancy at home and abroad,” she said. “By working together, we will ensure that we do not lose momentum. We will not fall back and accept mediocrity, nor will we put aside our thirst for the innovation that will help us shape exemplary citizens and leaders to serve the nation and the world.”
Since her arrival, Ms. Storey led a brand and visual identity overhaul that contributed to three of the largest incoming classes in Keuka College’s history, launched The Next 125: The Comprehensive Campaign for Keuka College, and helped secure more than $22 million in cash, commitments, and grants in support of the College.
Previous to her arrival at Keuka College, Ms. Storey held positions at the University of Rochester, Binghamton University, Merrill Lynch, Employee Benefit Services, and Manning and Napier.
Dr. Jorge L. Díaz-Herrera was named the nineteenth president of Keuka College in July 2011. He previously served as professor and founding dean of the B. Thomas Golisano School of Computing and Information Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology from July 2002 through June 2011.
During his tenure at RIT, the college reached more than 3,000 students enrolled in 18 different undergraduate and graduate programs, making it the largest and most comprehensive college of its kind in the nation and probably the world. He personally led the design of an innovative Ph.D. program in computing and information sciences with an intra-disciplinary as well as interdisciplinary focus.
At Keuka College, President Díaz-Herrera is leading the comprehensive integration of liberal arts, professional practice, experiential learning, and digital literacy throughout the entire college experience—from academics to residence life and co-curricular activities. The initiative, called Digital Learning at Keuka College (DL@KC), is the first of its kind in the United States.
During his tenure, the College has seen the largest-in-history incoming freshman class, significant increases in fundraising, and the first new on-campus construction in more than four decades. A number of facilities, including three residence halls and the Lightner Library, were renovated to include state-of-the-art digital learning spaces. The College also established the Center for Business Analytics and Health Informatics under his leadership.
President Díaz-Herrera serves on Gallaudet University’s Board of Trustees and is the treasurer of the Yes We Must Coalition, a consortium of private colleges and universities dedicated to increasing degree attainment of low-income students.
He has been a member of IEEE-CS Distinguished Visitor Program since 2001, a leading writer of the Software Engineering Professional Examination, and co-editor of the Software Engineering volume of the Computing Curricula project. He was an active member of the CRA-Deans group of the Computer Research Association in Washington, D.C. and serves, and has served, on various technical advisory committees and governing boards including:
- Technical Advisory Group, Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA.
- Advisory Committee for CISE, National Science Foundation, Washington, D.C.
- Advisory Committee for GPRA/PA, National Science Foundation, Washington, D.C.
- Board of Trustees, Strong National Museum of Play, Rochester, NY.
- Co-chaired IT transition team for the City of Rochester Mayor 2003-2006
- NY State Universal Broadband Council, action team on digital literacy, Albany, NY.
- Research Board, Instituto Technológico de las Américas (ITLA), Dominican Republic.
Dr. Díaz-Herrera has conducted extensive consulting with a number of firms and government agencies including: New York Stock Exchange (SIAC), MITRE Corp., the Institute for Defense Analysis, General Electric, Singer-Link, TRW, EG&G, and IBM—among others. He has also provided professional expertise to international organizations including the European Software Institute, Australian Defense Science and Technology Office, Kyoto Computing Gaikum, Kuwait University, Cairo University, Instituto Politécnico Santo Domingo (INTEC), Bilkent University in Turkey, and Malaysia University of Technology.
President Díaz-Herrera has authored more than 100 publications, most recently co-edited the Computing Handbook Third Edition: CS&SE volume (CRC Press, April 2014), and is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Applied Sciences and Art. He has chaired several national and international conferences, and has been a technical reviewer for the National Science Foundation, the American Society for Engineering Education, and several conferences and journals. He has served on the faculties of Keuka College, Rochester Institute of Technology, Southern Polytechnic State University, Monmouth University, Carnegie Mellon University, SUNY Binghamton, Universidad Centro-Occidental, Empresa Regional de Computación, and the University of Lancaster in the UK.
President Díaz-Herrera earned his undergraduate degree at the Universidad Centro Occidental in Venezuela, and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Lancaster in the United Kingdom. Dr. Díaz-Herrera also earned a graduate certification in educational leadership from Harvard University.
The president is a talented harpist, guitarist, and painter, and an avid fencer.