The current and former Board and Staff members of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chemung County as well as Cornell University Cooperative Extension Administration will honor Andy Fagan for his 30 years of continuous service on Thursday, June 24that Hilltop Inn. Andy has been serving as the half-time Executive Director of CCE Chemung since Oct. 2007 and is stepping down as Executive Director once a full-time replacement is hired.
Andy’s Cooperative Extension career began in the former Department of Education at Cornell University in May 1991 where he was the Assistant Director of the Cornell Instructional Materials Service. In this role, Andy developed and distributed instructional materials for K-12 schools and 2 yr. ag & tech colleges. He also took on the responsibilities as the Coordinator of the NY Ag in the Classroom Program from 1994 to 1998. In 1999, he was hired by Tioga County (NY) to serve as their Executive Director, which he did for 21 years. Under Andy’s leadership both the CCE Tioga and CCE Chemung associations thrived despite level state and county funding. He has served on various boards and committees across the two counties, including the Ag & Farmland Protection Boards, Chemung County Human Relations Commission, the Rural Health Network of South Central NY, and more. He serves as the co-chair of the state-wide CCE Poverty and Economic Hardship Program Work Team and is leading the effort to expand the pilot of the Move Forward (Poverty Stoplight) Program which began in Elmira, to more than 10 other counties and NYC. He plans to continue this work on a part-time basis.
Andy grew up on a dairy farm in Perth, NY (Fulton County). The son of Fred and Margaret Fagan. He graduated at the top of his high school class and with distinction from Cornell’s College of Ag & Life Sciences in 1986 with a BS in Animal Science and a Masters in Teaching from Cornell in 1988. In addition to his extension career, Andy is a singer/songwriter. He intends to make his music a more central part of his life. His third album of 14 original songs of contemporary folk music, “Love’s the Only Thing,” has just been released via CDBaby.com and is available world-wide through download services such as iTunes and on streaming services such as Spotify. Andy is married to Joe Hawk and has three grown children (Rachael, David, and Erin). He also has a granddaughter Ella and another grandchild on the way in Ireland, which he plans to visit often.
Last updated June 28, 2021