Former first lady of Alfred State Mary Huntington was honored with the college's President’s Medallion Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Alfred State Lake Lodge.
The President’s Medallion was instituted in 2008 and is awarded to those who have made outstanding contributions to Alfred State. The college recognizes and commemorates the efforts of supporters and advocates dedicated to the mission of Alfred State.
Huntington has had a strong presence at Alfred State and in the nearby community for more than 50 years. When her husband, David, became the seventh president of the college in 1964, she became an honorary president of the Alfred State College Association of Women.
Known as the Alfred State Faculty Wives from 1963 until 1979, the group participated in numerous service projects and held many fundraisers, which collected scholarship funds for students in need, older returning students, and women. Huntington currently serves on the board of directors for the Alfred State Development Fund, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that raises funds for the college.
She continues to be a strong advocate for Alfred State, regularly attending a variety of functions, including speaking events, commencement, convocations, and sporting events.
Her involvement extends beyond the boundaries of Alfred State, however. Huntington is a board member of multiple non-profit organizations, including Habitat for Humanity and the Bethesda Foundation.
A current member of the Jones Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Board, she has also served on the Village of Alfred Planning Board, as president of the Hornell Campfire Girls, as vice president of the Women’s Golf Association at the Wellsville Country Club, and as vice president for membership with the American Association of University Women.
During Celebrate Women’s Month in 2007, Allegany County presented Huntington with a certificate of recognition for being a role model for all women. SUNY also awarded her with a certificate of appreciation for service, support, and contributions to the Alfred State College Association of Women. She was also included in the Marquis Who’s Who of American Women publication.