Genesee Community College Elects New Board Chairman

Laurie Miller Unanimously Elected

Genesee Community College's Board of Trustees unanimously elected Laurie J. Miller of Alexander as Chair of the Board of Trustees for the 2008-2009 year at its annual meeting held at the Batavia Campus Monday evening. The Board also elected Charles R. Ruffino of Batavia as Vice Chair and Maureen T. Marshall of Elba as Secretary.

Mrs. Miller has served as a trustee since 2000. She is one of the owners and operators of Willow Ridge Farm in Alexander. Mr. Ruffino has served as a trustee since 2002. He is a retired New York State Department of Education administrator. Mrs. Marshall has served as a trustee since 2003. She is an owner and operator of Torrey Farms, based in Elba.

In other business, the Board of Trustees:

• Approved a resolution of appreciation honoring Anne M. Garlock, who left the Board June 30 after completing nine years of service. Mrs. Garlock, a Batavia resident, served two one-year terms as board chair. The Board also named Mrs. Garlock a trustee emeritus, an honorary title granted to retiring board members who have given distinguished service to Genesee Community College.

• Approved a resolution to rename the College's Fitness and Recreational Sport Management program to the Fitness and Recreation Management program. The name change was suggested by members of the Physical Education Advisory Committee to better reflect the program's focus and avoid confusion with the College's Sport Management degree program. No change to the curriculum or degree requirements is involved. The Board's action must next be ratified by the State University of New York, and then by the New York State Education Department.

• Approved a resolution affirming support of expansion of the College's athletic fields, installation of synthetic turf, and refurbishing of the Anthony T. Zambito gymnasium and locker rooms as recommended in the Facilities Master Plan adopted by trustees a year ago. The resolution follows the approval of the proposed project by the Genesee County Legislature, and authorizes President Stuart Steiner to submit the proposed $4.1 million project to the State University of New York for approval.

• Welcomed Laura J. Bohm as the newest member of the Board of Trustees. Gov. David Paterson recently appointed Mrs. Bohm, of Batavia, to a seven-year term on the Board. Mrs. Bohm previously served on Genesee's Board of Trustees, from 1986 to 2001.