Distinguished Alumni

Distinguished Alumni
The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes graduates who have been positive role models, involved in their community, exhibited accomplishments in their field and enhanced the quality of CCC.

The Award is presented annually to a Corning Community College alum at the Reflections Dinner and Awards in the fall.  Nomination submissions must be received by April 1. If you would like to nominate someone, please complete the award nomination form or contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 607-962-9473 or alumni@corning-cc.edu. View the Distinguished Alumni Awardee Booklet to see previous recipients.

2013 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient
​John W. Kelley '62​

John “Jack” W. Kelley ’62, recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award, began his professional career at Corning Community College in 1964 as an Admissions Officer and later served as Vice President and Dean of Student Development. Jack’s outstanding dedication has served both CCC and the community in which he calls home. A graduate of Painted Post High School, Jack Kelley attended Corning Community College where he earned an Associate of Art in Liberal Arts in 1962. Continuing his education at SUNY Oswego, Jack earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology and went on to receive his Master of Science in Psychology from California University. Jack lives in Painted Post with his wife, Trina A. (Merrick) Kelley ’62 whom he met at CCC.

Past Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

  • 2012 - Mr. Gordon W. Hills, Jr. ‘70
  • 2011 - Dr. Richard A. Chordash ‘67
  • 2010 - Mr. Harold F. Hall ‘68 & Dr. William M. Hall ‘68
  • 2009 - Mr. William Lewis Perdue III ’70
  • 2008 - Dr. Edward “Sandy” A. Franklin, Jr. ‘72
  • 2007 - Mr. William T. Hanley ‘70
  • 2006 - Mr. Ronald E. Allison ‘68
  • 2005 - Mr. Lawrence R. Johnston ‘70
  • 2004 - Mr. John M. Carroll ‘79
  • 2003 - Dr. Jay S. Hanas ‘68
  • 2002 - Dr. Caroline J. Easton-Creighton ‘87
  • 2001 - Mr. Steven D. Dickinson ‘71
  • 2000 - Mr. Clarence F. Bercher ‘66
  • 1999 - Mr. Duane C. Montopoli ‘99
  • 1998 - Mr. John H. Zeller ‘71
  • 1997 - Mr. Kevin O'Leary ‘69
  • 1996 - Hon. Thomas E. Ramich ‘70
  • 1995 - Dr. Cassandra J. Runyon ‘80
  • 1993 - Mr. Stephen D. Daley ‘68
  • 1992 - Dr. Alan Berry ‘79
  • 1991 - Col. Eileen M. Collins ‘76
  • 1990 - Dr. Gary A. Griffin ‘60
  • 1989 - Mrs. Joan (Dugan) Wilson ‘69
  • 1988 - Mr. James E. Riesbeck ‘62
  • 1987 - ​Dr. Norman C. Walton ‘68