Hall of Fame

Dr. Albert Donor
Induction Class of 2005
Golden Lions Award (President, Dowling College)

After serving as Provost and College Secretary at Dowling College for 11 years, Albert E. Donor was named President and Chief Executive Officer of the institution in 1999. During his tenure, Dr. Donor has led Dowling’s fiscal resurgence and spearheaded an extensive revitalization at both of the College’s campuses. His leadership has been instrumental in the College’s reaccredidation by The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and securing two upgrades of the College’s Bond Rating by Moody’s Investors Services.

Prior to his service at Dowling, Dr. Donor worked in a number of progressively challenging positions at Nassau Community College (NCC), in Garden City, NY, from 1960 to 1988. He began his career at NCC as an instructor in the Department of Biology in 1960, was promoted to Assistant Professor in 1963 and became a tenured faculty member in 1964. He was named Department Chairman, Biology, in 1965; Division Chairman, Business and Science, in 1968; Associate Dean of Instruction in 1969; Dean of Instruction in 1972; and Vice President-Policy/Planning/Development in 1978, prior to being promoted to Vice President, Academic Affairs in 1982.

In addition to his administrative work, Dr. Donor was a visiting professor at New York University, C.W. Post Center, L.I. University, and Adelphi University. He earned his Ph.D. in Science Education from New York University after receiving M.S. and B.S. degrees in Biology from St. John’s College, New York.

Dr. Donor is a member of the American Association of University Administrators, Metropolitan Association of College and University Biologists (co-founder), New York State Association of Two-Year Colleges, New York Academy of Sciences, Sigma XI, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the University Club of Long Island. He is an Honorary Member of Phi Theta Kappa, National Honor Fraternity of the Junior Colleges and Honorary Member of Alpha Mu Gamma, The National Collegiate Foreign Language Honor Society.

Dr. Donor previously served on the National Advisory Committee on College Science for the National Science Teachers, Nassau County Police Department’s Science Advisory Committee, was Coordinator of Commissions for the State University Council on Community Colleges, and served as President of the Long Island Library Resources Council from 1994-1995. Since 1980 he has served on the N.Y. State Association of Junior Colleges Commission on Administration.

Among Dr. Donor’s numerous awards is an LDA Publisher’s Award for Excellence in Library Achievement, Kappa Delta Pi Award, Special Award from MATYC Journal, and N.Y. University’s Founder’s Day Award. He received the Long Island Educator of the Year Award from the Suffolk Community Council, and is cited in Outstanding Educators in the United States and Who’s Who in American Education.

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