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Provost/vice president ‘Distinguished’ at Corning Community College

The Corning Community College Alumni Association is pleased to announce William M. Hall ‘68 and Harold F. Hall ’68 as the 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients. This award is given annually to a CCC alumnus and recognizes the exemplary lifetime career and community achievements of the individual.

Dr. William “Bill” Hall and Harold “Harry” Hall are twin brothers that grew up on Corning’s north side and attended Corning-Painted Post East High School. Both graduated with distinction from Corning Community College in 1968 with an associate’s degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences: Humanities & Social Sciences. The Halls’ continued their high school lacrosse skills onto CCC where they helped organize the first lacrosse team on the Spencer Hill campus.

Dr. Hall received a bachelor’s degree at SUNY Geneseo as well as a master’s and doctoral degree in Sociology from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. After joining Alfred University in 1980, he taught sociology, directed the Criminal Justice Studies program, and achieved the rank of full professor. In 1997, Dr. Hall was promoted to dean of the college of Liberal Arts and Sciences where he spent the next seven years. He served as acting provost from 2004 until 2006 and dean of the college of Business from 2007 until 2010. He assumed the duties of provost and vice president of Academic Affairs in 2009.

His research interests include juvenile justice, program evaluation, and policing which have led to publication in numerous national journals. Dr. Hall is the author of a number of chapters in books and presented papers at national and regional meetings. He has received research grants from the National Institute of Justice, Manley Trust, and Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation. He was the primary investigator on a $3.6 million grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

As a professor, Dr. Hall received numerous citations for outstanding teaching and was awarded the Order of Merit by Alfred University in 1999. His civic responsibilities include service as an elected Alfred Village Trustee for seven years, mayor of the Village of Alfred for seven years, and an Allegany County legislator for five years. He also received the Alfred Lions Club Citizen of the Year award. In his free time, Dr. Hall volunteers as a member of Allegany County’s ACCORD Corporation board of directors which is a non-profit organization that provides support for people needing social services. He was presented with the Allegany County Consortium on Domestic Violence Outstanding Member of the Year Award in 2000, and was recognized a second time for his service to ACCORD in 2002.

Harold Hall received a bachelor’s degree in English Education, a master’s degree in Education, and a certificate in Advanced Study in Educational Administration from SUNY Oswego. He started his career in education at Sodus Central School District teaching English for grades 7-12. After nine years of teaching various grades, Mr. Hall was selected to be the next assistant principal and was later promoted to principal of Sodus High School. In 1983, Mr. Hall relocated to Addison, NY, when he accepted the position of principal for Addison Central Schools. He was subsequently promoted to assistant superintendent in 1988. Mr. Hall retired as superintendent of schools for the Addison School District in 2003.

In 1991, Mr. Hall served on the board of the Greater Steuben Area Red Cross and served as chair from 1996-1998. He has been very active in all facets of the Chapter. During his tenure as Chapter Chair, volunteer representation increased significantly with Mr. Hall taking a leadership role in every committee. While working tirelessly for the Red Cross, Mr. Hall also found time to serve in both the Steuben County Habitat for Humanity, Addison Community Center, and Addison Health Center. He worked with a committee to bring a youth center to the Addison area. In 2009, Mr. Hall was recognized as a local recipient for the esteemed Jefferson Award for Public Service. In 2010, he received the Steuben County Red Cross Spirit of Humanity Award.

“Bill and Harry are excellent representatives of the outstanding alumni that started their education at Corning Community College. The Alumni Association is proud to have them as the recipients of the 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award,” stated Dr. Edward “Sandy” A. Franklin, Jr. ’72, president of the Alumni Association. This is the first time in the College’s 50-year history that brothers are united as one to celebrate their lifetime achievements.

Previous recipients include Eileen Collins ’76, retired NASA Astronaut; Dr. Jay Hanas ’68, scientist and educator; Clarence “Butch” Bercher ’66, entrepreneur; and Dr. Edward A. Franklin, Jr. ’72, assistant professor of Biology at CCC, chiropractor, and former mayor of Painted Post, NY; and William “Lew” Perdue III ’70, New York Times best-selling author and founder of Pocketpass.

For a 2011 nomination form and complete list of past recipients, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at or (607) 962-9473. Nominations should be submitted on the official nomination form no later than February 1, 2011.