Dr. Ray Hoy, President Wor-Wic Community College
October 20, 2004

Dr. Ray HoyIn July of 2000, Dr. Ray Hoy became the president of Wor-Wic Community College, a comprehensive two-year community college serving the three Lower Eastern Shore counties: Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset.

Hoy is a community college graduate, and he went on to earn a bachelor’s degree, two master’s degrees, a law degree and a doctorate. Hoy also brought to Wor-Wic 24 years of community college administrative experience in academics, finance and student development.

Wor-Wic has been a staple of the Lower Shore for the last 29 years, making career and transfer program academic degrees and certificates and a variety of community and continuing education courses available to local residents at a reasonable cost.

Wor-Wic has experienced enrollment growth every year for the past 17 consecutive years. Since Hoy’s arrival, the college has added new programs, such as emergency medical services and elementary and secondary education transfer programs. Existing programs, such as nursing and radiologic technology, have been expanded to meet community needs.

“We have also implemented new transfer programs in business, computer studies, electronics and manufacturing,” Hoy said. “We work closely with Salisbury University and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore to improve the transfer process for our students.”

To keep up with a growing student body, the college has gone through an expansion phase, including the completion of Guerrieri Hall, which houses Wor-Wic’s Eastern Shore Criminal Justice Academy, and the start of construction on several new buildings in 2004, including a student center, a child care center and a maintenance building. An initiative to bring municipal water and sewer to the campus will be completed by the summer of 2005.

“We are trying to raise funds for technology, nursing and child care through our current Three-Way Challenge Campaign,” Hoy said. “Our new child care center will open in the fall of 2005, and we just started working on the design of a new workforce development building.”