Executive Vice President Valerie Nixon received the Robert J. Wagner Business Officer of the Year Award at the annual conference of the State University of New York Business Officers Association (SUBOA). While Nixon serves as president of SUBOA, association members kept it a secret to surprise Nixon with their highest award.
“I was surprised and delighted to receive the Robert J. Wagner Business Officer of the Year Award,” stated Nixon. “Bob Wagner is a strong advocate and mentor for many SUNY business officers and to be honored by my colleagues with this award in his name is truly an honor.”
“This is the most prestigious award given by the SUBOA organization,” said Dr. Skip Sullivan, president of Alfred State. “Val was recognized for her outstanding performance, high professional standards, and her significant contribution to SUNY and SUBOA. Chief business officers from across the state are the ones selecting the recipient, which shows the tremendous respect colleagues have for Val’s dedication and excellence. We at Alfred State could not be more proud.”
The Business Officer of the Year Award is named for the former vice president for administration at the University at Buffalo, Robert J. Wagner. It is bestowed annually since its inception in 2005.
Chief business officers with the State University of New York (SUNY) comprise SUBOA, including the System-wide Administration and the Research Foundation of SUNY. The charge of this group is to serve in an advisory capacity as consultants to the System-wide Administration and to give organized and effective direction in the development of improved principles and practices of educational business administration, in order that the members may serve more efficiently the educational objectives of their institutions and SUNY.
Previously Nixon received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service in 1994, She has earned numerous professional awards, including the New York State Financial Aid Administrator's Association (NYSFAAA) Founder's Award, and the NYSFAAA region 2 Service Award, which she received twice. She is the recipient of the State University of New York Financial Aid Professionals (SUNYFAP) Daniel Sistarenik Advocacy Award, and the Bill Troy Service Award, the highest honor that organization bestows. The SUBOA Business Officer of the Year Award is her latest accomplishment.
Nixon started her career at Alfred State as director of financial aid in 1988. More recently, she advanced to executive vice president in 2012 and led the college as interim president during the presidential search in 2013. She serves on a number of professional boards and committees, including the executive boards of SUBOA, Upstate New York College Collaboration (UNYCC) and Alfred Technology Resources, Inc. She is past president of Canisteo Community Support Group (CCSG), a charitable organization that provides support for local needy families.
Alfred State recently announced promotions for faculty and staff.
Included among those receiving promotions in Administration, Advancement, and Enrollment, with their new titles, are Jennifer Potter, office assistant 2, Business Affairs; Kenneth Baker, janitor, Facilities Services; Monroe Bates, SUNY campus worker 1; Rachel Brandow, agency program aide, Facilities Services; Glenn Brubaker, senior director of facilities, Facilities Services; Douglas Butters, SUNY campus worker 1, Facilities Services; Keelan Croston, carpenter, Facilities Services; Douglas Foster, SUNY campus worker 1, Facilities Services; Mark Jackson, maintenance assistant painter, Facilities Services; Jessica Parks, office assistant 2 (keyboarding), Facilities Services; Gary Porter, maintenance assistant 1, Facilities Services; Laurie Spike, supervising janitor, Facilities Services; Debra Steitzer, janitor, Facilities Services; and Niki Erickson, office assistant 2 (calculations), Student Records and Financial Services.
Those promoted in the Division of Academic Affairs, with their new titles, are Melissa Blake, associate professor, Business; Casey Cowburn, staff associate, Student Success Center; Danielle Green, assistant professor, Business; Jack Jones, associate professor, Building Trades; Kathryn Link, associate professor, Physical and Life Sciences; Erica Matteson, assistant professor, Physical and Life Sciences; Kevin McGuire, assistant professor, Automotive Trades; Danyelle Moore, senior staff associate, Academic Affairs; Jon Owejan, associate professor, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Technology; Joseph Petrick, director of libraries, Academic Affairs; Michael Smith, staff associate, Technology Services; Jeremy Speed-Schwartz, associate professor, Digital Media and Animation; and Lisa Yates, professor, Nursing.
Receiving promotions in Student Affairs, with their new titles, are Alexe Pask, senior staff assistant/head athletic trainer, Athletics; Troy Morehouse, director of Student Engagement, Student Affairs; and Mallory Morehouse, staff assistant, Student Engagement.
Reprinted with permission. By Shelly Hillman / Houghton College
Leadership Allegany is pleased to announce the addition of Alfred State as the program’s third partner, joining Houghton College and the Greater Allegany Chamber of Commerce.
Alfred State has long been faithful in sending participants and having employee representatives serve on the steering committee of the leadership program. This partnership will add Jonathan Hilsher, director of the Center for Civic Engagement at Alfred State, as a co-chair with Phyllis Gaerte, alumni and engagement director at Houghton College.
“Alfred State’s participation complements our strategic emphasis in building leadership skills and civic engagement within the student experience,” notes Hilsher. “We are excited to scale up our involvement in this way investing in the success and development of our county’s leaders.”
Gaerte is equally enthusiastic about the partnership. “It has been a pleasure to collaborate with staff and administrators from Alfred State over the years. It seemed only natural and the right thing to do to honor their faithfulness and to bring together our strengths to better serve Allegany County professionals,” she remarks.
Founded in 2010, Leadership Allegany is currently in its eighth year, with a full 16-member cohort representing a variety of private and nonprofit sector businesses. The program provides networking, leadership, and development opportunities for professionals living in the county. These individuals interact with representatives from multiple sectors of the county – such as government, the justice system, recreation, agriculture, education, human services, and health care – in order to gain a deeper understanding of these areas and the challenges they face.
Participants also engage in curriculum sessions that enhance their understanding of their roles as leaders, as well as plan one of the program’s industry visit days, and take part in a service project that supports a worthy cause through action and/or education. Upon graduation, they are charged to act as catalysts for positive change and take up further leadership roles.
Founding sponsors of Leadership Allegany include ACCORD Corporation, Alfred Higher Education Group, Allegany Business Center, Allegany County Area Foundation, Allegany County Department of Social Services, Greater Allegany County Chamber of Commerce, Houghton College, Literacy West Inc., and the United Way of Allegany County.
Retirees of Alfred State were honored recently at the college’s annual recognition luncheon.
Faculty and staff members who retired this year include Victoria Bolton, Richard Carlo, Brantley Davis, Sandra Gerling-Yelle, David Haggstrom, Edward Kenney, Lawrence Perkins, George “Joe” Richardson, John Santora, and Theodore Steffey.
State University of New York Distinguished Teaching Professor James Grillo, Business Department, was honored recently for 45 years of service to Alfred State.
He received a gift certificate to the campus store and a certificate to commemorate the occasion.