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Joanne Florino Joins College Board of Trustees

July 7, 2011

Joanne Florino of Ithaca has been appointed to the Tompkins Cortland Community College Board of Trustees. Florino was appointed by the Tompkins County Legislature to a term that expires June 30, 2018. She replaces William Raynor, who had been the longest serving member of the board, having been first appointed in 1984.

Florino is the executive director of the Ithaca-based Triad Foundation, a non-profit philanthropic organization founded by Roy H. Park, Jr. and his children to honor the donor intent of the late Roy Hampton Park. Triad works to continue Park's legacy by making philanthropic investments which reflect his strong core values in the communities in which the Foundation's board members reside, including Tompkins County; Charlotte, NC; and Tampa, FL.

Florino has been with the Triad Foundation since it was created in 2003; prior to that she was the executive director of the Park Foundation from 1996 to 2003. In both roles she has worked with the College by managing foundation grants to the College, which helped fuel her desire to join the board of trustees. "I have both a personal and professional interest in strengthening and expanding the College's essential role in local education and economic development," said Florino. In addition to holding an A.B. in history from Georgetown University and an M.A. in history from Cornell University, she is also working towards a certificate in business management at Tompkins Cortland.

By taking classes part time while working full time, Florino has been able to integrate her professional interests into her class work. Those professional experiences have helped with her classes, and will also serve her well as a member of the board of trustees. "I have significant experience with higher education grant making," said Florino, who was a program associate with Atlantic Philanthropies for 11 years before working at the Park and Triad Foundations. "Consequently, I have a long-term familiarity with the challenges facing higher education, particularly with regard to access, financing, and student life." Additionally, she enjoys strong relationships in the local business and higher education communities, including serving as a member of the Cornell University Council Committee for Student and Academic Services.

Florino lives in Ithaca and has two adult sons; Thomas and Andrew. Thomas lives in New York City with his wife, Jeanne Normand, and works in the New York City Mayor's Office of Management and Budget. Andrew lives in Ithaca and works for Better Housing for Tompkins County.

The Tompkins Cortland Community College Board of Trustees consists of 10 members, including a student trustee elected by the student body. The governor appoints four trustees, two each from Tompkins and Cortland Counties; the Cortland County Legislature appoints two; and the Tompkins County Legislature appoints three.