Established in 1961 as a unit of the State University of New York, MCC was a vision shared by a handful of prominent local business people, Monroe County Manager Gordon A. Howe and the Monroe County Board of Supervisors. The time was right for Monroe Community College. A publicly funded two-year institution in their own community offered exciting new opportunities for growth.
The first Board of Trustees, a powerhouse of Rochester’s finest in medicine, business, education and law, was appointed by the Board of Supervisors and the Governor of New York. In the early months of 1962, the Board of Trustees hired Dr. Leroy V. Good as MCC’s founding president. Good, a pioneer in successfully establishing community colleges in three other states, would make his mark in Rochester as well.