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Gov. Cuomo Appoints Glens Falls Woman to SUNY Plattsburgh College Council

Gloria Ragonetti, a 1992 and ’93 SUNY Plattsburgh grad with a certificate of advanced study and master’s in school counseling, was appointed to the College Council by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Ragonetti will fill the vacancy created by the death of longtime member, Roger Burke, who died in April 2012. Ragonetti’s term will expire June 20, 2019.

Originally from Queens, N.Y., she and her family moved to Hyde Park, N.Y., where she finished high school. Graduating with her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Spanish from SUNY at Albany, she taught Spanish in the Queensbury Unified School District for 16 years before earning her master’s and a certificate of advanced study in school counseling from SUNY Plattsburgh. She retired as a guidance counselor in 2005.

“I attended classes at the Plattsburgh campus in the evening division, driving from Glens Falls,” she said. “I am now currently enrolled in a program through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and will become a certified health coach in October.”

Ragonetti said she is excited to become part of the College Council.

“Education has always been very important to me. I am looking forward to making a contribution — to having an opportunity to make a difference in the quality of education.

It is important to be involved. I look forward to working with the other council members and the administration of SUNY Plattsburgh.”

“Gloria will be a great addition to the College Council as an alumna of SUNY Plattsburgh,” said President John Ettling. “She will also represent on the council the growing alumni base in the Glens Falls-Lake George region we are experiencing as a result of our Branch Campus at Queensbury.”

Sen. Betty Little (R-Queensbury), whose legislative district covers both the SUNY Plattsburgh Branch Campus at Queensbury and main campus in Plattsburgh, nominated Ragonetti for the post.

“With SUNY Plattsburgh now offering four-year degrees at (the branch campus at) Adirondack Community College, I felt it was important to have a Warren County representative on the College Council,” Little said. “Gloria did graduate work at SUNY Plattsburgh, is an educator, and truly understands the value of the college and a college education. She will be a valued member of the College Council.”

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