Genesee Community College Trustee Melvin Wentland to Receive Highest Trustee Honor

Genesee Community College Trustee Melvin J. Wentland has been selected to receive the Anne M. Bushnell Memorial Award for Special Achievement, the College learned today.

The Association of New York Community College Trustees presents the award periodically to a community college trustee who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership, service, and achievement. It is the most significant award the association confers on a college trustee.

The award was created in 1986 in honor of the late Anne Bushnell, a longtime trustee of Ulster County Community College. In addition to a long record of distinguished service to Ulster, Mrs. Bushnell was an early and longtime member of the Association of Boards of Community Colleges, the forerunner of the Association of New York Community College Trustees. She also served as president of the association. Mrs. Bushnell was a strong advocate for community colleges throughout the state and a mentor to many community college trustees.

Melvin J. Wentland has been a member of the Genesee Community College Board of Trustees since 1991. He has served as both Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Board of Trustees. He has also chaired most board committees, and is the Board's representative to both the New York Association of Community College Trustees. He is currently a member of NYCTT's Board of Directors. In addition, Dr. Wentland is Genesee's representative to the Association of Community College Trustees, a national organization dedicated to the needs of the 1,200+ community colleges across the United States. For the last two years, he has served as one of ACCT's northeast region chairs.

Dr. Wentland is a frequent visitor to faculty, staff, and student events. He has an almost-perfect 15-year attendance at Board of Trustees meetings and committee meetings. During his tenure as a trustee, Dr. Wentland was instrumental in the planning of the Conable Technology Building and Wolcott J. Humphrey III Student Union Building. He has been a strong advocate of Genesee's outreach to the business community, and was involved in efforts to strengthen the College's workforce development programs. Over the years he has taken a strong interest in the College's academic programs, as well as the faculty and staff.

Dr. Wentland holds a B.S. degree from Marquette University and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin. He has served as Professor of Biology at St. John Fisher College since 1964, and serves as the Chair of St. John Fisher College's Biology department. Dr. Wentland is a resident of Pavilion.

The award is an honor to both Dr. Wentland and Genesee Community College, said President Stuart Steiner. "Mel has dedicated himself to the well-being and growth of Genesee Community College," Dr. Steiner said. "Our reputation is due in large part to the commitment of trustees like Mel Wentland. Equally important, Mel has worked forcefully for community colleges across the state. Every student and every citizen owes Mel a deep debt of gratitude."

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