Perry Hall

Perry Hall Dedication

Event Details

  • Friday, May 23, 2014 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Institutional Advancement
(607) 962-9458

Join us at 4:00 p.m. on May 23 for the dedication of Perry Hall, 50 years to the day from the College’s move to Spencer Hill, and be one of the first to see the exciting transformations on the Hill. We're collecting memories and artifacts for a time capsule - bring your photos, written memories, and other significant objects for inclusion in our time capsule.

Can't make it in person? Watch the live stream!

Welcome Events

  • Tours of Perry Hall
  • The Art of Education exhibition presented by faculty and students


  • Opening Remarks
  • Reflections on the First 50 Years
  • Visions for the Next 50 Years


  • Dr. Katherine P. Douglas, President, Corning Community College
  • Dr. Neil Milliken III '75, Chair, Regional Board of Trustees
  • Walter R. Smith, Professor Emeritus of History
  • William Perry, Son of Dr. William L. and Carolyn Perry
  • Ned Perry, Son of Dr. William L. and Carolyn Perry
  • Francis LaLomia '14, Former Perry Hall Resident Assistant
  • Jan van den Blink, President, CCC Development Foundation

Dr. William L. and Carolyn Perry

Dr. Perry assumed the presidency of Corning Community College in 1957, after earning a doctoral degree in College Administration and a master's degree in Secondary Education, both from Harvard University. 

As the College’s inaugural president, he worked closely with his wife, Carolyn, on all matters of importance. They made their first order of business the hiring of faculty, with Dr. Perry explaining that “...the faculty appointments were the most important thing.” The College’s original faculty was 6 members strong.

Dr. Perry and Carolyn then turned their attention to choosing the first permanent location for the College. It was during Dr. Perry’s tenure that the College moved from School 3 on Chemung Street to the Spencer Hill campus.

The College and the Foundation are pleased to honor Dr. William and Mrs. Carolyn Perry for their tireless and selfless work to secure the College’s place in the community and transform the lives of future generations of students.