Longtime SUNY Orange Trustee to Accept New York Community College Trustees’ Highest Award

PHOTO: Dr. Arthur C. AnthonisenMIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- SUNY Orange Trustee Dr. Arthur C. Anthonisen will receive the Anne M. Bushnell Memorial Award for Special Achievement during the New York Community College Trustees’ (NYCCT) annual awards banquet at 6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 21 at the Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga Springs.

A member of the SUNY Orange Board of Trustees since 1989, Anthonisen will accept the highest award the NYCCT bestows upon past or present trustees. He was selected based upon criteria which indicated: “as a result of extraordinary leadership and achievement throughout the term of his/her service as a trustee, or throughout a particular period of his/her service, the nominee will have made outstanding contributions to his or her college or the community college system as a whole.”

Only one Bushnell Award is presented each year and the award is not distributed every year. Anthonisen’s name was put forth for the award by the NYCCT’s nominating committee and supported by the SUNY Orange Board of Trustees via a resolution passed at the group’s June meeting.

During his 24 years on the SUNY Orange board, Anthonisen has held positions on nearly every committee the Board has established, and has three times served as the group’s chair: 1996-1999, 2001-02 and 2010-11. He has also long been active in regional and national trustee organizations, serving as president of NYCCT from 2001-06 and holding that same role with the national Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) during 2009-10. This summer, he completed a one-year term as chair of the NYCCT Foundation Board.

Orange County Executive Edward Diana recently reappointed Anthonisen to another trustee term, which will expire in 2018.

“Arthur has been a tremendous colleague as a fellow Trustee, and this award is much deserved,” says Joan Wolfe, chair of the SUNY Orange Board of Trustees. “Arthur brings devotion, wisdom and integrity to the Board, and he is always making decisions with the welfare of the College and its students in mind. He has proudly and fervently represented SUNY Orange throughout New York State and beyond for many, many years.”

Anthonisen’s past community service includes time spent on the boards of many community organizations, including the Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Corp., Citizens Foundation and Transportation Advisory Council. He is president of the Hudson Valley International Trade Association and chairs the Hudson Valley Center for Innovation’s Board of Directors.

The New York Community College Trustees (NYCCT) is a nonprofit association of volunteer trustees that was established to be an effective force in the development and implementation of public policy impacting community colleges.

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