EGCC Names Crooks Future Interim President; Daly Gets New Role

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – Eastern Gateway Community College on Thursday announced several changes in leadership.

John R. Crooks has been named future interim president, and Arthur Daly will become senior executive vice president. According to a news release, the “transitions in leadership will become effective at a yet to be determined date as President Michael Geoghegan works to transition new leadership.”

Geoghegan announced last month that he will retire in June 2024.

“Eastern Gateway Community College is preparing to enter a new chapter in our school’s long history. Dr. John Crooks is a respected educator who is up to the task of heading our proud institution as we search for our next president,” said James Gasior, chairman of the Eastern Gateway Board of Trustees. “We also believe Arthur Daly will be a strong partner in helping interim President Crooks as senior executive vice president of Eastern Gateway. The college is in good hands.”

Crooks has been senior vice president of Academic Affairs at Eastern Gateway since 2020. He previously was the associate provost of the University Partnership at Lorain County Community College, where he also served as dean of Science and Mathematics and director of Distance Learning. He also was chair of the Division of Science, Mathematics, and Computer Science and an associate professor of biology at Iowa Wesleyan College.

“I’m humbled by the opportunity to lead Eastern Gateway where we have always put our students, our faculty, our staff and the communities we serve first,” Crooks said. “Eastern Gateway will continue to provide our students at our campuses in Steubenville and Youngstown and across the state with the highest-quality education at the lowest tuition costs possible.”

Daly joined Eastern Gateway in November 2016 as the director of Career Development, overseeing both Steubenville and Youngstown campuses. In May 2017, he became the dean of the Youngstown campus, overseeing recruitment, enrollment and the overall operation of the campus. In May 2018, he became vice president of the Youngstown campus, overseeing all operations of the campus.

 Pictured at top: John R. Crooks, left, and Arthur Daly.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.