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Keuka College names president; interim leader Amy Storey will take on the permanent role

May 16, 2019

Credit Keuka College

After ten months as Keuka College’s interim president, Amy Storey will be taking on the role permanently.

That announcement was made this week by  the college's Board of Trustees Chair Alan Ziegler.

Storey is the 20th person – and third woman – to lead the 129-year-old private, liberal arts college. She was named interim president on July 1, 2018, following the retirement of Jorge Díaz-Herrera.

The College instituted a national search that drew more than 100 applicants.

A search committee interviewed Storey and two outside candidates before recommending the College move forward with her appointment.

“The Board of Trustees is pleased with the upward momentum at Keuka College in areas ranging from the College’s finances, to its institutional culture, to its academic quality,” Ziegler said. “With so much progress having been made, the Board believes that we were searching for a leader whom we already have.”

In the ten months since assuming the presidency, officials say that Storey has restructured the Executive Cabinet and established a College Cabinet. They say she has led these groups in areas that include: raising retention rates, restructuring the college’s debt, brought attention to matters of diversity and equity, and explored new programs, partnerships, and leadership for international programs.

Storey joined Keuka College in 2013 as its chief advancement officer and was the vice president for Advancement and External Affairs before succeeding Díaz-Herrera.