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Mannix Appointed to College Council

PLATTSBURGH, NY (July 18, 2008) - Martin D. Mannix Jr. has been appointed to the College Council at SUNY Plattsburgh by New York State Governor David Patterson.The College Council at SUNY Plattsburgh serves as an oversight and advisory body to the campus and to the president and senior administration of SUNY Plattsburgh. In accordance with New York State Education Law, the Council comprises ten members; nine who are appointed to seven-year terms by the governor of the State of New York, and one student member elected annually from among the campus' undergraduate and graduate students. The chair is appointed by the Governor.

"I am deeply honored to have been selected by the Governor for this appointment," Mannix said. "I've had a long love affair with the college, dating back to when I started as a student in 1961. I've been involved in many different aspects of the college over the years. I look forward to serving on the College Council and being of whatever assistance I may be to an institution to which I am deeply committed."

Mannix is a native of Plattsburgh and a 1964 graduate of the college. As a student, he served as the very first president of the Student Association and notes that the experience gave birth to his interest in government. Mannix's public career spans many years of service to the community. In addition to many boards and committees, he has served 18 years a member of the Town of Plattsburgh Town Board and was re-elected for another term in November 2007. Currently, he also serves as Chair of the Democratic Party of Clinton County. Mannix is past president of the Plattsburgh Lions Club and the Plattsburgh (noon) Rotary Club of which he is still an active member. He has also dedicated himself to many charitable causes, including helping the poor in Nicaragua. Mannix had a very successful 36 year career with Northern Insuring Agency, Inc. in Plattsburgh, retiring as vice president in July 2004.

"Marty will make a wonderful addition to the College Council," said SUNY Plattsburgh President John Ettling. "His insight and experience will be a great asset to the college and our efforts to fulfill our mission."

SUNY Plattsburgh (www.plattsburgh.edu ) was founded in 1889 as a teaching college and in 1948 became an original member of the State University of New York (SUNY). Under President John Ettling, Ph.D., the four-year comprehensive college now serves 5,500 undergraduates and 500 graduate students. It offers over 50 majors and a wide range of special programs that prepare graduates for professional life and advanced studies through a strong foundation in liberal arts and an experience that celebrates excellence, ethical values, lifelong learning and responsible citizenship in a global community. Situated near Lake Champlain, the Adirondacks, and Canada, the college's unique location provides rich recreational, cultural and educational opportunities. Today, SUNY Plattsburgh is a thriving campus that has experienced a 34 percent growth in applications over the past two years and has been recognized by Kiplinger's as one of the "Top 100 Values in Public Colleges," for its mix of academic quality, financial aid, opportunities and total cost.

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