State University of New York Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson honored 210 SUNY students from across the state in Albany recently with the 2018 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, including Alfred State College’s own Peter York and Carolyn Wright.
“Today’s award recipients emerged from their campuses this year as the top scholars, athletes, performers, and achievers, as well as a tremendous source of inspiration,” Johnson said the day of the ceremony. “The students being recognized today made the choice to be leaders on their campuses, prioritize their studies, and serve their communities. Congratulations to this year’s awardees, and I applaud you for pursuing excellence in all that you do.”
As for the two ASC students who were honored, York is a construction management major from Akron and Wright is an agricultural business student from Franklinville.
York’s achievements at Alfred State and for the SUNY system have been defined by leadership through civic engagement. On campus, he has served in leadership positions in Student Senate while sitting on the Board of Directors for Auxiliary Services. York is also a member of Alfred State’s Presidential Aspiring Leaders Program. For SUNY SA, he serves as the deputy director of sustainability, helping to reduce plastic bag use on SUNY campuses.
Wright’s experience in agriculture is exceptional. As the president of Alfred State’s Collegiate FFA and the treasurer of the CAL Club, she is always involved in the fundraising, support, and advocacy of these organizations. Wright has volunteered her time at local livestock events, competed at regional dairy challenges, and participated in international dairy judging events as a member of the Alfred State College Dairy Judging Team.
The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence was created in 1997 to recognize students who have best demonstrated, and have been recognized for, the integration of academic excellence with accomplishments in the areas of leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts, campus involvement, or career achievement.
Each year, SUNY campus presidents establish a selection committee, which reviews the accomplishments of exemplary students. Nominees are then forwarded to the Chancellor’s Office for a second round of review. Finalists are then recommended to the chancellor to become recipients of the award.