James will leave a legacy gift to the college.
Although he never attended or worked at Alfred State, Koller has been a Pioneer for more than 30 years.
In 1981, he was appointed to the Alfred State College Council, an advisory group to the president of the college. He would serve for two additional seven-year terms, the legal limit.
For more than 20 years, Koller voluntarily invested his time and efforts in the future of Alfred State, both as a College Council member and later as an original member and second chair of the Board of Directors for the Development Fund, the fundraising entity for the college.
Further evidence of the special place Koller has in his heart for Alfred State and its future can also be found in the financial donations he has made and will make to the college. He said he plans to contribute to the Koller Scholarship Fund to encourage student volunteerism on campus and in their home communities, until the fund reaches what he believes to be an appropriate size. When that happens, Koller said, he will then continue to make unrestricted gifts to the college.
Koller will also leave a legacy gift to the college in the form of a commitment from his charitable remainder trust.