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Tompkins Cortland Community College Board of Trustees Elect New Officers

July 21, 2011

For the first time in nearly a decade, the Tompkins Cortland Community College Board of Trustees has a new chair. At the Board's annual meeting on July 21, a new slate of officers was elected to one-year terms, topped by Elizabeth Burns as chair of the board. She takes over for Roxann Buck, who served as chair for the past eight years before deciding to not seek re-election to the chair position.

Burns becomes the eighth chair in the history of the College's Board of Trustees. She was first appointed a trustee by the governor to represent Cortland County in 2008 and served the past three years as vice chair of the board.

Raymond Schlather was elected the vice chair. He also joined the Board as a governor's appointee in 2008, but representing Tompkins County. This is the first office he has held on the Board of Trustees.

Judy Davison was elected treasurer. Davison has been a trustee since 2007, when she was appointed to the Board by the Cortland County Legislature. She served as assistant treasurer last year.

While Buck is stepping down as chair, she was elected to a position on the board's executive committee. She was originally appointed a trustee by the Tompkins County Board of Representatives in 1990 and was first elected the chair of the Board of Trustees in 2003. Her eight years as chair is second in length only to the original board chairman, Ron Space, who served as chairman of the Board of Trustees for the first ten years the College existed.

Two Tompkins Cortland staff members also were appointed to positions with Board.

Cathy Northrop was re-appointed clerk of the board. Northrop, assistant to the president, has been clerk since 1996.

Lisa Doran was re-appointed deputy clerk of the board. Doran, assistant to the dean of operations and enrollment management, has been deputy clerk since 1991.