Officer elections were held on June 21 for Schenectady County Community College Board of Trustees for terms till June 30, 2011. The follow candidates were chosen: Denise Murphy McGraw for chair, Ann Fleming Brown for vice chair, Michael Karl for treasurer and Renee Bradley for secretary.
The SCCC Board of Trustees is made up of 10 members with four appointed by the governor, five by the County Legislature and one student trustee elected by fellow classmates. Officers serve a one-year term beginning in July and ending June 30. All trustees serve a seven-year term except for the student trustee serving for one year. The board is considered the policy-making body of the college.
McGraw, of Niskayuna, was originally appointed by the County Legislature in 2007 and was also elected as chair of the board in July 2009. Previously, she served as vice chair of the board and on advisory committees for the college's Developmental Studies and the Educational Opportunity Program. In March, she received a Trustee Leadership Award from the New York Community College Trustees. The award is given to a trustee who has demonstrated a significant commitment to the community college mission through exceptional leadership, inspired vision and outstanding professional contributions in support of the goals and accomplishments of their local campus, according to the NYCCT. McGraw is also a partner with the Albany-based firm of Bodgan, Lasky and Kopley, LLC.
Brown, of Niskayuna, was appointed to the board by Gov. David Paterson in 2009. She also is director of admissions at Union College. Her previous board experience includes Concerned for the Hungry, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schenectady County, Junior League of Schenectady and the New York State Association for College Admission Counseling.
Karl, of Schenectady, joined the board in1997 when Gov. George Pataki appointed him. His past experience on the board includes serving as chair and vice chair. Also, he served on the college's Business Advisory Committee. Out of the college he is an executive vice president for First Niagara Risk Management.
Bradley, of Schenectady, was appointed to the board in 2004 by the County Legislature. She is bureau manager at the Office of Program and Community Development for the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.""