Genesee Community College Trustee Glenn R. Morton has received the Marvin A. Rapp Award for Distinguished Service by the New York Community College Trustees Association, trustees learned yesterday.
The Marvin A. Rapp Award is one of NYCCT's top honors. It is presented annually to a community college trustee in New York State who has exemplified strong commitment to the community college movement and exercised extended leadership that strengthened community colleges in New York State.
Mr. Morton has served as a trustee of Genesee Community College since August, 1997. He served as chair of the Board from September 2001 to June 2004. He was instrumental in several initiatives that strengthened Genesee's partnerships with community groups and business organizations. Mr. Morton was a driving force behind the creation of The BEST (Business Employees and Skills Training) Center, which is now providing world-class training to more than 6,000 employees and managers of area business firms each year. He was heavily involved in the planning of the Conable Technology Building and the new student union (named the Wolcott J. Humphrey III Student Union Monday evening). He has been a strong advocate of partnerships with the Genesee-Wyoming YMCA and Genesee County Economic Development Center that could result in state-of-the-art community facilities on the Batavia Campus in the future.
Prior to his service as chair of the Board of Trustees, Mr. Morton served as a trustee representative to the Genesee Community College Foundation Board of Directors. In that role, Mr. Morton helped the Foundation negotiate the purchase of the former College Meadows and convert it to College Village, which now provides housing to almost 300 out-of-area students. Mr. Morton was also a member of the Foundation Board prior to his appointment as a trustee.
Since he joined the Board of Trustees, Mr. Morton has been an active participant in the New York Community College Trustees Association and the Association of Community College Trustees, a national organization representing trustees across the United States.
He is well-known throughout the region for his volunteer activities and civic roles. He served as Genesee County Court Judge and Surrogate from 1967 to 1996, and was a member of the Genesee County Board of Supervisors prior to his election to the bench. He has been active in numerous civic and volunteer organizations over the years, including the Boy Scouts of America and the Batavia Area Jaycees. As a member of the Jaycees in the 1960s, Mr. Morton was involved in the campaign to create a community college in Genesee County.
"This award is a well-deserved honor for Glenn," said President Stuart Steiner. "He has played a large role in the growth and success of Genesee Community College over the years, and our ability to serve students and reach out to the community in new and creative ways is a reflection on his work. The entire college community thanks Glenn for his service and congratulates him on receiving this singular honor."