Wor-Wic President to retire in June

1280 Ray Hoy

SALISBURY, Md. – Wor-Wic Community College President Dr. Ray Hoy has announced that he plans to retire on June 30th.

Hoy has led the college for 23 years and is one of only two presidents in the college’s history.

He was named president by Wor-Wic’s board of trustees in 2000. During his tenure, Wor-Wic grew along with its community’s needs, adding numerous academic and career programs as well as new buildings to house them. Hoy oversaw enrollment growth and a 132% increase in the number of graduates. He was also instrumental in efforts to make community college free, helping to establish the Wicomico Economic Impact Scholarship and the Somerset Economic Impact Scholarship, both precursors to Maryland’s Community College Promise Scholarship. The college has become an economic force in the community under Hoy’s leadership, with Wor-Wic making a $106.6 million economic impact and supporting 425 full and part time employees. The college’s Foundation resources have also grown from $1.9 million to more than $33 million.

Wor-Wic says Hoy oversaw the creation of new programs in communications, construction, culinary arts, electro-mechanical technologies, elementary and secondary education transfer, emergency medical services and fire science, forensic science, HVACR, metal fabrication, occupational therapy assistant, physical therapist assistant, social media, STEM, truck driver training, and welding. He also helped bring dual enrollment programs with local high schools and the expansion of programs vital to the community, such as nursing and radiologic technology.

The campus also grew during Hoy’s time, with new facilities added, including Guerrieri Hall, which houses the Eastern Shore Criminal Justice Academy; the Hazel Center, with food service operations and student services; the Jordan Center, with childcare services; Fulton-Owen Hall, a workforce development center; Shockley Hall, an allied health building; and the soon-to-be completed Patricia and Alan Guerrieri Technology Center, which will add 50,000 square feet of technology classrooms, industrial laboratories, and more.

Before coming to Wor-Wic, Hoy spent 24 years in increasing administrative roles at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, where he also earned an associate degree. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Washington College in Chestertown, a master’s in higher education administration from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, a master’s in business management and supervision from Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, a juris doctorate from the University of Baltimore School of Law, and a doctorate in innovation and leadership from Wilmington University in New Castle.

“It has truly been an honor and privilege to serve as president of Wor-Wic as we grew to meet the education and training needs of the citizens and businesses of the Lower Eastern Shore,” Hoy said at a meeting of all employees. “Wor-Wic’s impact goes beyond the lives of the students and graduates who gained skills, licensures, certifications and degrees. Certainly, these were life-altering experiences for our students, but the impact of Wor-Wic and our students’ success extends to everyone in the community who has benefited from the trained workforce that the college has produced. I am very proud to have been a part of this indispensable responsibility and look forward to witnessing the continued growth of the institution.”

“Wor-Wic has experienced tremendous growth and success under the steadfast and trusted leadership of Dr. Hoy,” said Kimberly C. Gillis, chairperson of the board of trustees. “Leading the college for more than 22 years, he has been at the helm during many great achievements, and has helped navigate many challenges — including the COVID-19 pandemic — and he always led with an unwavering commitment to the students, faculty and staff. Dr. Hoy’s dedication to fulfilling the college’s mission and strengthening the community through education and training has undoubtedly helped improve the quality of life on the Lower Eastern Shore. To say that we will miss Dr. Hoy is quite an understatement, but we are incredibly grateful for his many years of service and proud of the legacy he will leave at Wor-Wic Community College.”

A search for Hoy’s successor will begin immediately.

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