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