Genesee Community College's Board of Trustees this evening dedicated the College's student union to Wolcott J. (Jay) Humphrey III, former Chair of the Board of Trustees who died suddenly in September 2001. Board of Trustees Chair Anne M. Garlock announced the Board's intention to dedicate the building to Mr. Humphrey during the groundbreaking ceremonies for the student union April 19. Mr. Humphrey was President of the former Pavilion State Bank, and one of the most visible and active civic leaders in the Genesee-Livingston-Orleans-Wyoming region.
For years, Mr. Humphrey was a steadfast supporter of Genesee Community College. In the late-1980s, he joined the Board of Directors of the then-fledgling Genesee Community College Foundation. While serving as a Foundation board member, he helped design the Foundation's scholarship program which today helps hundreds of local students attend Genesee every year. He also served as treasurer of the Genesee Community College Foundation, and was actively involved in the Foundation's fund raising activities. He joined the Board of Trustees in 1996 and was elected Board Chair in 2001. While serving as a trustee, Mr. Humphrey strongly supported the construction of the Conable Technology Building.
Mr. Humphrey worked tirelessly on behalf of Genesee Community College, recalled Anne M. Garlock, current Chair of the Board of Trustees. "Jay loved this College, and he strongly supported the facilities plan that led to our new student union," Mrs. Garlock said. "Jay was taken from us suddenly in 2001, and his death left a great void at Genesee. Jay would have been very proud of this student union, and it is appropriate that we remember his many contributions."
The Wolcott J. Humphrey III Student Union will be an especially appropriate tribute to Jay, according to President Stuart Steiner. "Above all, Jay was committed to people," Dr. Steiner said. "He was an active supporter of student initiatives. He would do anything he could to help people build their lives, and grow their communities. His legacy to the college community will be very visible to all the students who walk through the doors and use this new student union facility."