Assistant to SUNY Orange President to be Honored for Service to College’s Board of Trustees

PHOTO: Maryann RaabMIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – Maryann Raab, assistant to SUNY Orange President Dr. William Richards, has been chosen to receive the Association of Community College Trustees’ 2009 Northeast Regional “Professional Board Staff Member Award” at the ACCT’s annual leadership conference Oct. 9 in San Francisco, Calif.

Raab will receive her award during a luncheon at the Hilton San Francisco, at which time the ACCT Board will announce the winner of the “National Professional Board Staff Member Award,” who will be selected from the list of regional winners. Regional winners were chosen based upon their support of Trustees, contributions to their respective institutions, demonstrated leadership traits and involvement in their local communities.

In her role as assistant to the College’s Board of Trustees, Raab handles all administrative duties in support of the Trustees. She has recently overseen the development of a Board manual for all Trustees, has facilitated new orientation procedures for incoming Trustees and has coordinated the Board’s move to computer lap tops and “paperless” meetings.

The Board manual provides members with all of the necessary College documents and information in one place for easy reference. The Board orientation process serves as a way to educate incoming Board members on key issues, College procedures and school history. Raab has also helped the Board adopt “consent” agendas that allow for swifter action on day-to-day issues while providing more discussion time for intricate resolutions and topics.

“Maryann is the organizational force that keeps the Board humming in an efficient manner, and each of the Trustees recognizes her tremendous contributions and efforts on our behalf,” said Joan Wolfe, chair of the Board. “But, it is her diligence on all matters, mundane or otherwise, that sets her apart. She can be counted on to give her best effort in every endeavor, and always with the College’s and Board’s best interests at heart.”

“I’m so pleased that Maryann has been selected for this honor. She has always been committed to the mission of the College and strives daily to improve our community for students, faculty and staff,” Richards added. “She can be counted upon for her dedication, professional excellence and calming demeanor. She has also proven to be a strong liaison between the College and our many external partners, including city, county and state leaders.”

In addition to her supportive roles with the Board of Trustees and College leadership team, she has been an integral part of the SUNY Orange community. She has lent her time to many College committees, including Adopt-A-Family (a holiday gift drive that provides gifts to nearly 200 underprivileged individuals in the community), Cultural Affairs (working to bring programs in music, art, history, politics and current events to the College), Leadership Conference (a three-day College event designed to provide faculty and staff with the tools, training and confidence to assume leadership roles on campus), Sojourner Truth (an awards program that recognizes more than 600 minority students from grades 6 through 12 each year) and Golfing for Scholarships (the College’s annual golf outing to support the scholarship fund). She also was a key member of the organizing committee that planned and conducted the College’s 50th Anniversary Gala in 2000.

She has also been active in the Community College Presidents’ Assistants Organization (CCPAO) since her arrival at SUNY Orange, and worked to bring the organization’s annual meeting to the College in 2007. She has twice served as a guest speaker at New York Community College Trustees Association (NYCCT) events, including discussing the College’s Board of Trustees Orientation Process in 2006 and “101 Computer Training Tips for Trustees” in 2008. She volunteered to assist at three NYCCT conferences.

Raab has received the Distinguished Volunteer Service Award from the Junior League of Orange County. She was a two-year member of the Junior League’s executive board and chaired a pair of Junior League committees. She coordinated volunteers for Chef’s Domain, served on the committee that created the Children’s Grieving Center (for children who have lost parents or siblings), and was a long-time volunteer at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church.


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