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June 14, 2012

SUNY Empire State College Names Three New Foundation Board Members

The Empire State College Foundation has appointed three new members to its board of directors. Their first meeting was May 4.

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Robert Carey

‌The new directors are Bob Carey, a longtime faculty mentor, currently at the Metropolitan Center; David Fullard, a faculty mentor also with the college’s Metropolitan Center; and alumna Marian Conway ’01, 04.

“Employee giving to the foundation has been increasingly generous, and we are pleased to add two faculty members who have been personal pacesetters in philanthropy. Our third new member is a graduate of the college, and the executive director of a major Long Island foundation that has been a mainstay of support to the college for many years,” said Hugh B. Hammett, vice president for external affairs.

Robert B. Carey first came to Empire State College in 1973, and was the founder of the college’s Urban Studies Center in New York City (which was later absorbed into the Metropolitan Center).  He created special programs with the Fashion Institute of Technology and with Solidaridad Humana on the lower East side. Carey also served as associate dean of the Metropolitan Center, dean of the School for Graduate Studies, and in 2006, he became unit coordinator of the college’s Staten Island location.

Carey earned his Ph.D. in American History from Columbia University, his M.Div, S.T.M. from Union Theological Seminary and his bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University.

“As a faculty member I have worked with students who have had to really struggle and sacrifice in order to finish their studies,” he said. “Helping such students seems to me to be consistent with the values the college espouses and a terrific way to release talent and creativity that would otherwise not have a chance to blossom. Similarly, being able to provide more opportunities for faculty to grow and re-envision their work keeps our programs new and inviting.”

David A. Fullard mentors studies in criminal justice, forensic and clinical psychology, social and behavioral sciences, addiction studies and others in the area of community and human services. A former captain of the New York Department of Corrections, he retired from there after nearly three decades of service. Fullard, who earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the School of Visual Arts, was for many years the official photographer for the Eleo Pomare Dance Company. His photographs of the company are part of the permanent collection at the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs.

Fullard also was instrumental in founding a peer support group, The Black Male Initiative, at the Metropolitan Center, to help boost graduation rates for this group of students.

headshot of David Fullard

David Fullard

‌Fullard was recently honored as part of Monroe College’s black history observance with a Celebration of Excellence Award from the School of Criminal Justice and Office of Career Advancement. He established the David A. Fullard Opportunity Scholarship in 2011, in part to honor his mother, aunt and grandmother, and also to help black male students with funds that will further enable them to complete degree programs at the college.

“I am greatly honored and humbled by this invitation to join the foundation board,” said Fullard. “I am also very excited about working on the development committee. I’ve already begun to work with Hugh Hammett, Christopher Feeley and Toby Tobrocke sharing my thoughts and ideas about the board’s future activities.”

Marian Conway ’01, ’04, earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the college. She currently serves as executive director of the New York Community Bank Foundation in Roslyn, N.Y. She works to fund such worthy community groups as the United Way, Habitat for Humanity and Pal-O-Mine, which assists disabled children by letting them ride and take care of horses. Funding from the foundation also has provided scholarships for most of the colleges on Long Island, including Empire State College. Conway is currently earning her Ph.D. from Walden University School of Public Policy in nonprofit management.

Marian Conway headshot

Marian Conway

‌“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to serve the college that helped me open so many doors in my professional life,” said Marian Conway. “The Empire State College faculty and staff are the best; they were there for me whenever I hit a road block during my academic journey. They set the bar high, but I will try to do as good a job on the foundation board.”

About SUNY Empire State College

SUNY Empire State College was established in 1971 to offer adult learners the opportunity to earn associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the State University of New York.

 In addition to awarding credit for prior college-level learning, the college pairs each student with a faculty mentor who supports that student throughout his or her college career. Students engage in guided independent study and course work onsite, online or a combination of both, which provides the flexibility for students to learn at the time, place and pace they choose.

 The college serves more than 20,000 students worldwide at more than 35 locations in New York state and online. Its 63,000 alumni are active in their communities as entrepreneurs, politicians, business professionals, artists, nonprofit agency employees, teachers, veterans and active military, union members and more.

 More information about the college is available here.