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JCC Alumnus Stephen H. Can to be Awarded Jefferson Citation

The Jefferson Community College Board of Trustees and college president Carole A. McCoy have named Stephen H. Can of New Hope, Pennsylvania, as recipient of the 2013 Jefferson Citation.  Mr. Can, a 1980 graduate of Jefferson Community College (JCC), is a managing director with Credit Suisse based in New York.  He will be awarded the Jefferson Citation at the College’s forty-ninth commencement exercises on May 17, 2013.  That same evening, Mr. Can will deliver the keynote commencement address to the class of 2013.  

The Jefferson Citation was established by the Jefferson Community College Board of Trustees to “recognize an individual or organization whose leadership and actions have demonstrated outstanding commitment to education and the vision and mission of Jefferson Community College.”   

Mr. Can received an associate of science degree in business administration from Jefferson before transferring to the State University of New York (SUNY) Plattsburgh where he graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s of arts degree in accounting.  In 1984, he earned a master’s of science degree in finance with honors from the Krannert Business School at Purdue University where he was also named outstanding graduate instructor.  Mr. Can subsequently earned Certified Public Accountant (C.P.A.), Certified Management Accountant (C.M.A.) and Certified Financial Manager (C.F.M.) credentials.

Mr. Can was recognized by the JCC Alumni Association in 2004 with the Professional Achievement Award for distinguishing himself in his professional career.  Mr. Can is the founding managing director and Global Fund Co-Head for Credit Suisse's exclusive secondary private equity business, Strategic Partners, with over $11 billion committed under management.  Previously, Mr. Can worked at IBM in several domestic and international finance positions including senior investment manager at IBM Pension Funds where he co-managed an $8 billion private investment portfolio.

In 2007, Mr. Can established the Jefferson-Can Scholars Program, creating a one-year, full-tuition, merit scholarship for first-year JCC students who graduated in the top 15% of their respective classes from high schools in Jefferson and Lewis counties.  His gift was the largest individual gift in the college’s history and has enabled 277 students to attend Jefferson Community College since 2008.  The gift also established the Dr. David Walton Tutors Program, which provides support for Jefferson’s peer tutoring and supplemental instruction programs.  In 2012, he made a challenge gift to the Foundation to fund the program for an additional three years, encouraging the Foundation to raise funds to match his gift.

“Stephen Can clearly embodies the characteristics of the Jefferson Citation with his commitment to the value of higher education and to the mission of Jefferson Community College,” said Michael W. Crowley, chair of the JCC Board of Trustees.  “He has made a positive impact on our local community by helping high school students to further their education and achieve their dreams of earning a college degree.”

Previous distinguished recipients of the Jefferson Citation include John B. Johnson in 2000, Donald J. “Dutch” Grant in 2001, James W. Wright in 2002, the Car-Freshner Corporation in 2003, T. Urling and Mabel B. Walker in 2005, Aline C.J. Taylor in 2006, John W. Deans in 2007, Warren G. Fargo in 2009, Sylvia S. Heap in 2010 and the College’s Founding Board of Trustees in 2011.