JBC Press Releases
May 1, 2015
Horrigan to Speak at JBC’s 129th Graduation
Jamestown, N.Y.— Chautauqua County Executive, Vince Horrigan, will serve as the commencement speaker at the 129th Annual Graduation Ceremony of Jamestown Business College on Saturday, June 6, 2015.
Mr. Horrigan was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and first came to Bemus Point with his family as a summer resident in September 1955. Following graduation from Kent State University in 1971, Mr. Horrigan joined the United States Air Force where he served as a career officer for 27 years. Mr. Horrigan retired in the grade of Colonel in May 1998. In addition to serving as an F-4 Fighter Weapons School instructor (Air Force Top Gun School), he logged over 3,500 hours in a front line fighter aircraft including the F-4, F-15, and F-16. As a senior officer, he held Command, Pentagon and NATO international assignments.
Following his retirement from the Air Force, Vince and his wife Barbara, moved to their family home in Bemus Point in May 1998. He joined the American Red Cross of Chautauqua County in November of 1998 where he served as Executive Director of the county-wide chapter and then Executive Director of the Southwestern NY Chapter serving Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany Counties until 2011.
On January 2, 2012, Mr. Horrigan was sworn in as Chautauqua County Legislator representing the towns of Ellery and Southeastern Chautauqua. He served one two-year term as County Legislator and then on January 1, 2014, Mr. Horrigan was sworn in as Chautauqua County Executive serving as CEO of Chautauqua County Government.
Mr. Horrigan is past president of the Rotary Club of Jamestown and currently serves on the Boards of The American Red Cross of SWNY, Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau, and the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County.
In 2007, Mr. Horrigan was named "Leader of the Year" by the Chautauqua Leadership Network. He holds a Master’s Degree in Management from Troy State University. Vince and his wife Barbara have two grown children who live with their spouses in the Florida panhandle area, and are the proud grandparents of four granddaughters.
JBC President, David Conklin, said that he is pleased to welcome Mr. Horrigan as a guest of the college. “Graduation is always a special day for our students and the college community,” he said. “As we celebrate another year of student success, we are especially pleased to have Mr. Horrigan share his vast experiences and connect with our students.”
Jamestown Business College offers business-focused Associate and Bachelor degrees that include targeted professional development activities. For more information on registering for these programs, call 716-664-5100 or visit us online at www.jamestownbusinesscollege.edu.
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