Genesee Community College president Dr. Stuart Steiner has so far enjoyed an event-filled month including being recognized in three states by three different organizations over three days from April 9-12. This past weekend he traveled across the country in order to formally accept awards that recognize him for his outstanding service and achievement over the last four and a half decades. Dr. Steiner received honors for his achievements in Seattle, Washington from the national Phi Theta Kappa student honor society; locally from the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce; and in New Orleans at the annual convention of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).
On Friday, April 8, Dr. Steiner was presented the Michael Bennett Lifetime Achievement Award at Phi Theta Kappa’s (PTK) Annual Convention in Seattle, Washington. The Michael Bennett Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to retiring college administrators for exemplary services rendered to Phi Theta Kappa during the course of their academic career. Recipients of the award must be retiring administrators with a history of promoting the goals of Phi Theta Kappa through their support of their campus chapters and their Phi Theta Kappa regions. The PTK Honor Society was established in 1918 and recognizes the academic achievement of two-year college students, while providing numerous opportunities for individual growth and development.
On Saturday, April 9, Dr. Steiner was honored by the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce at the 39th Annual Awards Ceremony. This is the County’s premier event that honors businesses and individuals for their achievements in business, community service and volunteerism. Dr. Steiner will be presented with the first-ever Genesee County Lifetime Achievement Award at the Clarion Inn in Batavia.
Finally, Dr. Steiner rounded out his weekend by traveling to New Orleans to be recognized at the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) annual convention on Sunday, April 10. He was recognized for his 36 years of service as president of GCC. The AACC annual convention is among the largest and most dynamic gatherings of educational leaders, attracting over 2,000 community college presidents and senior administrators, as well as international educators, representatives of business/industry and federal agencies.
“I am humbled and honored to be recognized by each of these distinguished organizations and enjoyed being a bit of a jet-setter this past weekend to attend all three ceremonies,” President Steiner said. “When I think about these different groups and organizations representing outstanding students, businesses and exemplary college administrators – it is a privilege to be recognized by each and I am very grateful.”
Dr. Steiner has served as president of Genesee since 1975, and as a member of the College’s staff since its founding. He served as Genesee’s Dean of Students from 1967 to 1968, and Dean of Instruction/Executive Dean from 1968 to 1975. He is believed to be the second-longest serving community college president in the United States. Dr. Steiner is the third president of Genesee Community College. He was preceded by Dr. Alfred C. O’Connell, who served from 1967 to 1971, and Dr. Cornelius V. Robbins, who served from 1972 to 1975.
Dr. Steiner will retire at the end of the 2010-2011 academic year, and he plans to remain a resident of Batavia.
“The tribute by the Genesee Chamber of Commerce is especially meaningful to me. Dr. Steiner said. “I feel deeply honored to be recognized in this manner by so many friends, colleagues, and associates in my local community. The College has been such a success because of our collective years of hard work and dedication by so many people in our community. We have been privileged and honored to work with our community’s civic and business leaders in making Genesee Community College the outstanding college it has become.”
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Editor’s Note: A photograph of Dr. Steiner, president of Genesee Community College speaking at the podium of the special College ceremony entitled, “An Evening of Reflection” which was held on April 2, 2011 is available at: http://marketing.genesee.edu/images/Steiner_April2011.jpg