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ECC Earns Third Invitation to Annual SUNY Leadership Program

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Erie Community College would like to proudly announce that long-time administrator Petrina Hill-Cheatom will join previously announced colleagues Melissa Peterson and Erik D'Aquino as selected participants in SUNY's 2012 Summer Academic Leadership Program. Hill-Cheatom will attend the program's second session, which will take place inside Hamilton, New York's White Eagle Conference Center from August 12th to the 17th.

The City Campus's dean of students has been with the college in a variety of capacities since serving as assistant coordinator of Student Services and Activities from 1990 to 1994. Over the following 18 years, Hill-Cheatom has committed her tireless work ethic and coordinator expertise to her current role, as well as in work as director of Admissions and Call Center Operations, associate vice president for Student Affairs, and in an earlier stint as City Campus's dean of students.

“Petrina's accomplishments exemplify not only her indispensability to our institution, but to the SUNY community as a whole,” said ECC President Jack Quinn. “Our school's lucky to be able to send such a tremendous representative to this leadership program.”

In her second turn as dean, Hill-Cheatom manages the college's student life departments and also chairs the college's Student Retention Committee. She has collected a variety of honors and affiliations, including the President's Recognition Award and selection to Business First's “40 Under 40” and “Who's Who Among Executive Women” lists. She holds a B.A. in Communications from Canisius College and an M.E. in Educational Organization, Administration and Policy from the University at Buffalo. Today, she resides in Williamsville.


Since 1946, Erie Community College has met the needs of a diverse student body while contributing to the economic vitality of Western New York. As a member of the state's SUNY system, the three-campus college provides flexible, affordable and accessible educational programs in an accommodating academic environment. Equipped with the knowledge of these programs, ECC's faculty, staff and students strive to enrich their host communities through skill, service and partnership.


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