Albany – The New York Community College Trustees of the State and City Universities of New York today announced the 2009 NYCCT award winners. Established in 1976,
the awards program recognizes extraordinary leadership and achievement,
dedicated and effective service, and commitment to community as models of
excellence in New York State’s community colleges.
The awards will be presented on Friday, March 27, 2009, as part of the of
NYCCT’s 55th Annual Conference at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Niagara
Falls, New York on March 26 – 28, 2009.
State University of New York Trustee Edward F. Cox, who chairs the
Board’s Community Colleges Committee will be the key-note speaker.
“It is an honor to participate in the NYCCT Conference and I look forward
to meeting with colleagues,” said SUNY Trustee Cox. “Because of the extremely difficult economic
climate, there is an urgent and immediate need on the part of students to
access affordable high-quality education and on the part of businesses that
need to train employees. Our community colleges are meeting these challenges
despite significant budgetary pressures.”
list of awards and award winners
“Honoring those who have done so much to support the public’s community
colleges is a privilege,” said NYCCT President Anton N. Kasanof. “These awards
are sincere expressions of gratitude and serve to highlight the many ways
community colleges help people to improve their lives and to underscore the
many accomplishments of our members.”
NYCCT Conference is being hosted by Niagara County Community College and Erie Community College. Culinary Arts students from the community colleges will prepare
and serve dinner and hors d’oeuvres for the NYCCT Awards Dinner and the
NCCC Student Jazz Combo will perform on Thursday.
very excited that Niagara County Community College could play such an important
role in helping conduct this year’s conference. It has been a pleasure to work
with our colleagues at ECC and to be able to showcase the talents of excellent
students from both our colleges,” said NCCC President James P. Klyczek.
“It is an
honor to host the 2009 NYCCT Conference with our neighbors at Niagara County Community College,” said ECC President Jack F. Quinn. “I would like to
congratulate all of this year's NYCCT award winners, and in particular George
Anker, who in my first year as president of Erie Community College has been an
invaluable resource in helping navigate the complexities of community college
This year, the Community College Trustees are bestowing an Award of
Special Recognition to George Anker, associate for University Financial
Analysis at SUNY System Administration. Anker joined System Administration in 1972. He will complete
his 37th year this June as a financial analyst for community colleges. His
many responsibilities include working with SUNY’s community college chief
financial officers and budget staff to process the approval and payment of
state operating aid. Anker has an associate’s degree (AAS) from Hudson Valley Community College and bachelor’s (BS) and master’s degrees (MPA) from the University
“George Anker has long worked to advance the understanding of the complex
financial relationships between the community colleges, the state and the local
sponsors. His insight, wisdom and experience are relied on by many to make the
critical decisions that will advance the community colleges. George is most
deserving of this special recognition,” said SUNY Vice Chancellor for Community
Colleges Dr. Dennis Golladay.
his insight, knowledge and judgment George Anker has been of immense help to
the community colleges,” said Kasanof. “George has been a very good friend,
devoting substantial time and energy, in service to the community colleges and
I congratulate him on earning this special recognition.”
There are seven NYCCT award categories: extraordinary service to a community
college, service to a community college over an extended period of time, career
achievement, and accomplishment with advancing a community college’s
relationship with business and industry are among them. For a full list of
awards and winners, please follow this link.
NYCCT is a
voluntary nonprofit consortium of community college trustees established to
strengthen the effectiveness of New York community college trustees as an
active force in the development and implementation of public policy impacting
community colleges. NYCCT’s mission is to strengthen trustees of community
colleges through education, advocacy and communication.
the appointed board members who govern the 30 community colleges in the State
University of New York (SUNY) system and the six community colleges in the City
University of New York (CUNY) system.
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