MVCC theater dedicated to longest serving president

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Mohawk Valley Community College (MVCC) dedicated the Utica Campus Theater to President Emeritus Dr. Michael I. Schafer Thursday. The theater will now be called the "Dr. Michael I. Schafer Theater" after its longest serving president.

The college ceremonially celebrated the achievements of Dr. Schafer Thursday at the theater.

President Emeritus Dr. Schafer spoke along with MVCC's current President Dr. Randall J. VanWagoner.

The MVCC Board of Trustees dedicated the theatre to recognize Dr. Schafer's impact on tens of thousands of students and how his vision led to one of the community's signature performance spaces.

Dr. Schafer served as MVCC's president from 1983 - 2007. His length of service remains one of the longest in the history of SUNY community colleges and his tenure at the college was marked by significant transformations in MVCC's campuses, academic offerings and community partnerships. Overall MVCC's building square footage grew from 370,000 to 610,000.

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