Season 3,

John and Mary Jo Deans


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For John and Mary Jo Deans, the scope of their community philanthropy is vast and far-reaching. Education has always been at the core of each act of giving. On this podcast, the Sackets Harbor couple explains their roots in education, and how arriving at Jefferson Community College impacted their lives and the North Country. We also hope you enjoy many stories shared reflecting on a love for history, the military, family values, and keeping a community connected.

John and Mary Jo Deans

I would go beyond and say education is important to every community’s future, but I think particularly for a community that has a determination to remain strong or to become stronger, and people within it have the same feeling. … Education remains the best single investment a community can make.

– John Deans

  • 3:00

    Growing up in Malone and Poughkeepsie

  • 11:22

    Introduction to Jefferson Community College

  • 19:27

    Focus of a college president

  • 32:30

    Why history is important to community philanthropy

  • 41:12

    Inspiration from losing a loved one



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