Alan G. Mosher, Alfred State College class of 1973, right, accepts the newly instituted "President's Medallion" from College President Dr. John M. Anderson at the recent President's Society dinner held at Lake Lodge. The medallion is "awarded to those who have made outstanding contributions to Alfred State College. The College recognizes and commemorates the efforts of supporters and advocates dedicated to the mission of Alfred State."
Mosher expressed his gratitude for the honor as he addressed President Society guests, including friends, family, and colleagues.
Mosher, of Wellsville, put his ASC business degree to work by purchasing Fred Roberts Auto Parts in 1977. In 1997, the company was named Small Business of the Year (1997) by the Wellsville Chamber of Commerce. The following year, Fred Roberts Auto Parts merged with Middle Atlantic Warehouse Distributors, Inc. (MAWDI), and in 2003, became part of Uni-Select USA, one of the four largest auto parts distributors in North America. Currently, Al holds the position of category and inventory manager for Uni-Select USA and serves as the Alfred State liaison for the company.
Mosher is an active volunteer in his community. He participated in the Wellsville Girls' Softball Association, both as a coach and as a board member for six years. He served as president of the Wellsville Area United Way where he took the initiative to expand the organization to become the Allegany County Area United Way. For 25 years, Al has been a perfect-attendance member of the Wellsville Lions Club, serving on the board of directors, as past president of the club, and as director of the annual minstrel show. Mosher is currently serving his fourth year on the Wellsville Central School Board and has held the position of president for the past two years.
Mosher's connection to the College is long-standing, and his efforts have had a profound impact on Alfred State College's automotive parts technology program. He started the Wellsville campus Fred Roberts Auto Parts store which allows the College's students ready access to auto parts needed for their class work. This on-campus store was the start of the relationship with MAWDI, now part of Uni-Select USA. Mosher was a driver behind the College's partnership with Uni-Select USA, which included $150,000 for the creation of an automotive parts technology program. This initial funding included funds for both scholarships and start-up costs for the program. Uni-Select USA has also been supportive of the new online option for the automotive parts technology program. With Mosher's assistance, vendors that supply Uni-Select USA have been encouraged to donate equipment, software, and manuals to the college, and the company has held numerous on-campus training programs for faculty and students.
Uni-Select USA was also honored and received a plaque for "its outstanding contributions to the College and to the Automotive Trades Program at the School of Applied Technology in Wellsville. The College expresses its gratitude to Uni-Select USA for its dedication to the mission of Alfred State."
The President's Society is a dedicated group of alumni, friends, parents, faculty, staff, and companies who support the College through annual contributions of $1,000 or more. The primary purpose of the President's Society is to create support for the following areas: scholarships, advancements in technology, and unrestricted support.