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Distinguished Alumnus Daniel Fitts to Visit Campus

PLATTSBURGH, NY __ Daniel Fitts, executive director of the New York State Adirondack Park Agency (APA), will return to the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh as part of the Distinguished Visiting Alumni (DVA) Program on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 28 and 29.

Daniel Fitts He will be making a public presentation, "The Complexities of a Special Place: The Adirondack Park" on Thursday, Oct. 28 at 4:30 p.m. in the Plattsburgh Room, Angell College Center. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Fitts received his bachelor's of science degree in earth and environmental science from Plattsburgh State in 1976. As an exemplary undergraduate student, Fitts completed the comprehensive program in environmental science, participated in the residential program at Miner Institute and completed a semester overseas program in Amsterdam, Netherlands. In 1980, Fitts earned a master's from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. 

Under the general director of the ADA commissioners and its chairman, Fitts is responsible for implementing policy issues related to broad land use regulatory mandates for both private and public lands in the six-million acre Adirondack Park.

He also oversees an ambitious environmental education and interpretive outreach program at two Visitor Interpretive Centers. The executive director's position requires extensive outreach to the public at large, as well as regional and statewide interest groups. Fitts maintains a working relationship with all levels of Federal, State and local governments.

The Distinguished Visiting Alumni Program brings alumni to campus to discuss their careers with students, faculty members and others. They are invited to share new ideas and become more involved in the academic mission of the College. The program is sponsored by the Plattsburgh Alumni Association. For more information, call the Alumni Affairs Office at 518-564-2090.

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