A message from the campaign co-chairs:
We encourage you to join us in the Nurturing Innovation campaign, as we work to raise $20 million for the State University of New York at Fredonia. Our university provides a unique educational experience that prepares people to be leaders - anywhere. Its small class sizes and focus on undergraduate education, coupled with its affordability, makes it a unique institution. But public funding is falling just as the importance of a college-educated workforce is rising. The Nurturing Innovation campaign will help keep Fredonia affordable while it redefines how it educates students.
A stronger Fredonia means a stronger regional economy. In fact, 95 percent of the Class of 2015 reports being employed or in graduate school just one year later. This kind of success is just what we would all hope to see from our public universities. Your active support is critical to continuing this success.
Fredonia's leaders are guiding the campus through a transformation. If you haven't been back recently, we encourage you to visit, so you can see all the improvements yourself. In addition to fostering strengths such as the arts, humanities and education, they are bolstering high-demand areas such as technology, business, and the sciences. This creates a broader array of academic expertise capable of withstanding the ebbs and flows of market influences, and ensures that more students can choose Fredonia to earn a degree in many of today's fastest-growing professions.
Fredonia has proven to be an excellent steward of our investmetns to date, and is deserving of our continued trust and support. Help us ensure the success of this fine academic institution - and most importantly, its graduates.
Dennis Costello, '72
Joseph Falcone, '74
Chair, Michael A. Marletta, Ph.D., '73; CH and Annie Li Chair in the Molecular Biology of Diseases Department of Chemistry and Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley
Vice Chair, Joseph Falcone, '74; Owner, Falcone Farms, Silver Creek, N.Y.
Treasurer, Louann Laurito-Bahgat, '88; Vice President, Bahgat, Laurito-Bahgat, CPAs, Fredonia, N.Y.
Secretary, Rachel Martinez-Finn, ’82; Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Immediate Past Chair, Dennis Costello, '72; Senior Partner, Braemar Energy Ventures, Boston, Mass.
Seth Meyer, Class of 2021 (Student Rep.); Fredonia, N.Y.
Phillip Belena, '92; New York, N.Y.
Prudence Bradley, '68; Cranford, N.J.
Gopal Burgher, '94; Partner, BurgherGray, New York, N.Y.
Diane Burkholder, '76; Managing Director, JPMorgan Chase IMA Operations (Ret.), Eden, N.Y.
Julia Butchko, Ph.D., '93; Chief of Staff, BioMedicines Business Unit, Eli Lilly & Co., Indianapolis, Ind.
Jeffrey L. Fancher, '82; First Vice President and Financial Advisor, RBC Wealth Management, Williamsville, N.Y.
James B. Foley, '79; U.S. Ambassador (Ret.), Falls Church, Va.
Dennis L. Hefner, Ph.D.; President Emeritus, SUNY Fredonia, Cary, N.C.
Karl Holz, '73; President, Disney Cruise Line (Ret.), Windermere, Fla.
Kirk Krull, '78; V.P., Real Estate and Development, ShoeShow, Charlotte, N.C.
Kurt W. Maytum; President/CTO, DFT Communications, Fredonia, N.Y.
Christopher Mirabelli, Ph.D. '77; CEO/President, Leap Therapeutics, Inc., Cambridge, MA
Shaun Nelms, Ed.D. ' 99; Superintendent East High EPO Center for Urban Education Success, Rochester, N.Y.
Charles Notaro, ’68; Associate Vice President and FSA Director (Ret.), Fredonia, N.Y.
Michael Patrick, '82; RE/MAX United Real Estate, Edgewater, Md.
Michael Schiavone, J.D., '78; Senior Partner, Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria, LLP, Buffalo, N.Y.
Debra Horn Stachura, '75; Owner, Buffalo Advertising, Buffalo, N.Y.
Michael C. Steele; President, Markey & Sons. Inc., New York, N.Y.
James J. Stroud, '82; Senior Portfolio Manager, UBS, Hudson, Ohio
Clifton C. Turner, '84; General Manager, Staples, New York, N.Y.
Susan Uszacki-Rak, '81; Business Manager, Double A Vineyards, Fredonia, N.Y.
Dennis L. Hefner, Ph.D.; Interim President, State University of New York at Fredonia
Betty Catania Gossett, '76; Executive Director, Fredonia College Foundation
Greg Gibbs, Ph.D., '71; Fredonia Alumni Association Representative
Kevin Kearns, Ph.D.; Vice President, Advancement, Engagement and Economic Development