SUNY Oneonta News

January 11, 2008



ONEONTA, N.Y. -- Governor Eliot Spitzer has announced the appointment of Joseph A. Bernier to the College Council of the SUNY College at Oneonta. Bernier, the Community Development Director and Engineering Administrator of the City of Oneonta and the Chair of the Otsego County Industrial Development agency, replaces Dennis Smith, whose term expired recently. Bernier served previously on the SUNY-Oneonta College Council from 1987 to 1997.

A long-time area resident and a 1972 graduate of the College, Bernier holds a master's degree in public administration from the Nelson A. Rockefeller School of Public Administration and Policy at SUNY-Albany. He served as President of the SUNY-Oneonta Alumni Association from 1977 to 1979 and received the Distinguished Alumni Service Award from the SUNY Confederation of Alumni Associations in 1985. He also received the Community Service Award from the College's Faculty Association in 1978.

Highly involved in the community, Bernier founded the Mayor's Cup Soccer Tournament in 1976 and continues to serve as its co-chair. He has served as President and Vice-President of the Oneonta YMCA Board of Directors, and he continues to serve as President of the Academy Arms Housing Development Company. Bernier is a board member of the Otsego County Industrial Development Agency and the Southern Tier East Regional Planning and Development Board. He has also served on the boards of the Bugbee Memorial Foundation and the Otsego County Civil Service Employees Federal Credit Union. He has served as Commissioner of the Oneonta Youth Soccer Association and is a committee member of the Ricky J. Parisian Pit Run Memorial Road Race.

Bernier was named Citizen of the Year by the Oneonta Jaycees in 1978 and 1984.

Each state-operated campus in the SUNY system has its own College Council. College Councils have specific statutory powers, such as naming buildings and making regulations regarding student conduct. The members of each council are appointed by the governor with the exception of the student representative, who is elected by the student body.



For more information about the College, please call the Community Relations Office at (607) 436-2748 or send e-mail to Hal Legg, Director of Communications.

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