Smiles were the order of the day recently as Charles P. (Charlie) Joyce, president, Otis Eastern Service, Inc., Wellsville, was presented with the Alfred State College “President’s Medallion” at its annual President’s Society Dinner. Presentation was made by College President Dr. John M. Anderson and Alfred State College Council Chair Patricia K. Fogarty. The medallion, a replica of the one the president wears during all academic ceremonies, 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.”
In his remarks, Anderson noted that “Charlie has always worked closely with the Applied Technology campus in Wellsville, often supporting the college with access to equipment and employees when special items were needed, including access to cranes and operators. He was instrumental in the college’s working directly with the IUOE (International Union of Operating Engineers) at the local and national levels and setting up and attending meetings with national and local representatives. He continues to give Alfred State students and instructors access to his larger heavy equipment for training exercises in our heavy equipment operations program.”
In 2006 Charlie participated in the planning for the 40th Anniversary of the Applied Technology campus in Wellsville. Based on his ideas, the college instituted an annual “Taste of Wellsville” program where faculty and local merchants host program events and food tasting, attracting approximately 800 visitors to the campus. He has also regularly supported Alfred State College with letters and donations as well as by being a regular participant in the college’s capital campaigns at significant levels of financial commitment. But the time he gives by attending meetings and sharing ideas is often more important than the funds he donates.
Anderson continued, “Charlie Joyce quietly supports the community, and it is very difficult to track all the private things he does for the community and the region. He is well deserving of this recognition and meets the criteria by being active nationally, regionally, and locally and needs to be publicly recognized for his giving of both time and funds to worthy causes.”
Otis Eastern, founded in 1936, is one of the nation’s leading constructors of high-pressure pipelines to transport oil, natural gas, and petroleum products from producers to the market.
In 1972, following his graduation from Cornell University with a BA in government, Joyce started work with Joyce Leonard Canada, Ltd., managing construction projects in Western Canada and Australia. In 1977, he became the president of Joyce Western Corp. and managed that company’s construction activities throughout the United States and Canada.
Joyce joined his father, Charles H. Joyce, at Otis Eastern Service, Inc., in 1983, as vice president; he became president in 1995. The company has experienced steady growth and is recognized as the leading northeast-based pipeline contractor, specializing in projects with tough environmental and logistical challenges. Joyce and Otis Eastern are also active in the development and production of oil and natural gas, in the Appalachian region.
Joyce is active in many industry and labor groups. He is a director and past president of the Pipeline Contractors Association, a national group of contractors and suppliers. He has been a member of that group’s Labor Committee since 1981 and has chaired the committee since 1995. He is chairman of the International Union of Operating Engineers Pipeline Training Fund; chairman of the Laborers International Union of North America/Employers Training Fund and Collection Trust; chairman of the National Pipeline Policy Committee; and he serves as the association’s liaison to the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
He is also active in the community as a member of the Board of Trustees of Alfred University, a past director of Jones Memorial Hospital, a member of the Income Impact Council of the Allegany County United Way, and a member of the Board of Education of Allegany/Cattaraugus BOCES.
Joyce is a resident of Wellsville where he lives with his wife Sherry Walton. The couple has two children, both recent college graduates, Casey and Anna.