GCC Honors Former Board President with Prestigious Alpha Medal of Service Award

Prominent local businessman and Army veteran John Dwyer, who has served Genesee Community College for many years in various leadership roles, was honored recently with GCC's Alpha Medal of Service Award.

Batavia, NY-Prominent local businessman and Army veteran John Dwyer, who has served Genesee Community College for many years in various leadership roles, was honored recently with GCC’s Alpha Medal of Service Award.

Individuals honored with an Alpha Award are selected for their extraordinary philanthropic support of GCC programs and goals, and serve as an inspiration not only to students, but to the greater community, according to GCC’s head of development and external affairs. Rick Ensman says Mr. Dwyer leads by example. “John’s commitment and enthusiasm is inspiring. He believes deeply in the mission and programs of the college, and never misses an opportunity to tell GCC’s story and advocate for our students.”

Among his many accomplishments at the College, Mr. Dwyer served as president of the GCC Foundation for four, one-year terms and worked tirelessly on all foundation committees, chaired the campaign that supported construction of the Student Union and helped steer the fundraising campaign for the Conable Technology Building, which serves the business community through The BEST Center (Business and Employee Skills).

Mr. Dwyer’s commitment to service also reaches deeply into the broader community. During the past 40 years, he has served on numerous economic development committees, including the GLOW Workforce Investment Board and the Genesee County Local Development Corporation; he has volunteered his time and expertise to guide the Genesee County Industrial Development Agency and the Batavia Associated Retailers board; and he has shared his knowledge and civic pride with a number of public, school and religious associations, including the Children’s Home Association, Notre Dame High School, and the Buffalo Catholic Diocese.

Mr. Dwyer, a Batavia resident, retired as president of Thomas & Dwyer, Inc. Retail Shoe Stores and executive director of the Genesee County Industrial Development Agency in recent years. The Alpha Medal of Service was bestowed during GCC commencement ceremonies on May 20, 2012.

For more information, contact Marketing Communications Associate Director Donna Rae Sutherland at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6616, or via email: dsutherland@genesee.edu.

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