John C. Dwyer has been named General Chair of Our Best Investment, Genesee Community College Foundation's 2003-2004 annual campaign, Foundation President Robert J. Bennett announced today. Mr. Dwyer is a resident of Batavia and a member of the Board of Directors of the Genesee Community College Foundation.
The Foundation's annual campaign helps fund student scholarships and other initiatives at Genesee Community College. Last year, the Foundation disbursed 492 scholarship and financial assistance awards totaling $229,289. Scholarships help bring academically talented students to Genesee, and encourage students to enter fields critical to growth in the Genesee-Livingston-Orleans-Wyoming region. Scholarships also help students who "fall between the cracks" of other financial aid programs enter and remain in college.Mr. Dwyer retired as Executive Director of the Genesee County Industrial Development Agency in February 2003. His service to that agency was a second career for Mr. Dwyer, who retired as president of Thomas & Dwyer, Inc., a local retailer, in 1997. Currently, he serves as a private economic development and marketing consultant.
John Dwyer has a long history of involvement in organizations that promote economic development in the Genesee-Livingston-Orleans-Wyoming region. He has served as a board member or officer for the GLOW Workforce Investment Board, the Genesee County Local Development Corporation, the Business Education Alliance, the Genesee County Water Resources Agency, Genesee Community College's Workforce Development Advisory Board, the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce Business Development Committee, and the Private Industry Council. Prior to his service as Executive Director of the Genesee County Industrial Development Agency, he served as a board member of that organization. He has been a member of the Genesee County Norstar Bank (currently Fleet Bank) Advisory Board, a member of the board of the former Genesee Country Bank, President of the Batavia Associate Retailers, President of the Batavia Retail Merchants Council, and a leader of numerous civic booster campaigns.
Despite Mr. Dwyer's commitments to business and economic development organizations, he has also served in leadership positions for many charitable endeavors. Over the last quarter-century, these include service as President of the Children's Home Foundation; General Chair of the Genesee United Way campaign; Chairman of Notre Dame High School's Board of Trustees and President of Notre Dame's Educational Foundation; President of St. Jerome Hospital Foundation; Trustee of the Diocese of Buffalo's Catholic Charities Board; member of the Finance Committee of St. Joseph's Church; and involvement in many other charitable causes.
Over the years, he has been formally honored for his leadership and service to the community by the New York State Assembly, New York State Senate, Genesee County Legislature, Genesee County Chamber of Commerce, and other organizations. In 2000, he received an honorary diploma from Notre Dame High School and was named a trustee emeritus of Notre Dame in 2002. In 1999 he received the Msgr. David J. Herlihy Award for his contributions to Catholic education, and has received numerous awards from local service and civic organizations over the years.
Mr. Dwyer holds a B.S. degree from the University of Notre Dame and has served in the United States Army.
The newly appointed 2003-2004 campaign chair will bring a wealth of experience and commitment to the Genesee Community College Foundation, said Robert J. Bennett, Foundation President. "There are few people in our region who can match John Dwyer's dedication, knowledge, and energy," Mr. Bennett said. "He is a tireless advocate of education and I know that he will make the Foundation's 2003-2004 campaign the best ever."
Mr. Dwyer is currently enlisting the help of other campaign leaders and expects to announce a campaign cabinet in early September.