Former Genesee Community College Dean Receives Honors

Dr. Edna V. Baehre, former dean of community services and acting dean of students (1986-91 and 1988-89) at Genesee Community College is celebrating her tenth anniversary at HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College. In addition, she will be receiving two prestigious diversity awards in the upcoming weeks.

A new Chain of Office was presented to President Edna V. Baehre, Ph.D. on the occasion of her 10th anniversary at the helm of Central Pennsylvania’s Community College during Convocation 2007. Baehre has been recognized locally, regionally, and nationally for her efforts to promote women’s leadership, community service, and economic development. She is on numerous education and community boards and holds several gubernatorial appointments, including the Pennsylvania State Workforce Investment Board. She is a director of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and the National Institute for Leadership Development for women in community colleges.

This fall, Baehre will be honored with two awards in recognition of her efforts to ensure opportunity, diversity, and equality in education and leadership. On October 1, she will receive the prestigious “Ghandi, King, Ikeda Award” created to celebrate the lives and work of three men from three different cultures and countries whose common path of profound dedication to peace has been recognized internationally.

On October 16, Baehre will be among community leaders to receive the inaugural Compass Award presented by the Pennsylvania Immigrant & Refugee Women’s Network. The award honors women whose vision, leadership, and actions exemplify the network’s mission of supporting immigrant and refugee women and children while promoting understanding, respect, and friendship among diverse ethnic and cultural groups.

Born in post-war West Germany, she is a 1971 graduate of Paedagogische Hochschule, Heidelberg, and holds master’s and doctorate degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo. A photograph of Dr. Edna V. Baehre is available at