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  • CCC names dorm after first leader

  • Corning Community College’s first-ever residence hall will be named Perry Hall, college officials announced Friday, April 19.

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  • Corning Community College’s first-ever residence hall will be named Perry Hall, college officials announced Friday, April 19.
    It will be named in honor of the late Dr. William Perry, CCC’s first president. Perry played a key role in founding the college and in overseeing its move from downtown Corning to the current Spencer Hill location.
    The residence hall is expected to open in August, and a dedication ceremony is planned for sometime this fall.
    The $15 million residence hall will house 320 students in 84 suites. It’s a three-story, L-shaping building with two wings, located near The Commons. Construction is progressing rapidly and the college is still taking applications from students wishing to live there, CCC President Dr. Kate Douglas said earlier this week.
    Perry earned a bachelor’s degree from Yale, and his master’s and doctoral degrees from Harvard. He was the vice president at Oregon’s Pacific University when he took the job as CCC’s founding president in 1957.
    Perry recruited the 23 original faculty members at CCC.
    The college was originally sponsored by the Corning- Painted Post school district, and its first location was in a Civil War-era former elementary school on Chemung Street in downtown Corning.
    Perry and his wife, Carolyn, helped renovate it, shoveling coal out of bins in the basement to clear space for a student center and snack bar, according to CCC.
    Perry also oversaw the building of the Spencer Hill campus a few years later, securing a $2.25 million gift from the Corning Glass Works Foundation and a $2.25 million grant from Gov. John D. Rockefeller, along with several hundred thousand dollars in community donations, according to CCC.
    Perry called the Spencer Hill campus “the most beautiful college you ever saw” in a 2006 interview.
    He was living in California when he died in May 2012 at the age of 86 and asked for memorial contributions to be sent to CCC’s Development Foundation, the college said.
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