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Mark Rogers Elected President of the Plattsburgh College Foundation

PLATTSBURGH, NY __ A 1972 graduate of the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh has been elected president of The Plattsburgh College Foundation.

Mark J. Rogers, a partner in the Law Firm of Lewis, Rogers and Meconi in Plattsburgh, was elected president during the Foundation's recent annual meeting. He was first appointed to the board in 2001 and has served as a past secretary and first vice president and as a team captain for the foundation's business campaign. In addition to serving as president, Rogers is chair of the foundation's investment committee.

Anne Hansen, executive director of the Foundation and vice president of institutional advancement at the College, said, "It will be a pleasure to work with Mark Rogers to continue building the tradition of philanthropy at SUNY Plattsburgh and to fulfill the College Foundation's most important mission, which is to support the learning experience of our students," said Hansen.

Rogers takes over for Trent Trahan, a 1970 alumnus whose term on the board expired in late August. Trahan, president of Champlain Telephone Company and PrimeLink, served as president of the board since 2001.

"Trent has worked hard and well on behalf of the Plattsburgh College Foundation," said SUNY Plattsburgh President John Ettling. "Under his leadership, the board has increased its support for the students, faculty and programs at SUNY Plattsburgh. He is a stalwart advisor and friend.

"I would also like to congratulate Mark as the new president of the foundation board. He has been an active member of the board, and I know he will continue his strong commitment to his alma mater in this new capacity."

The following officers were also elected to the board during the organizational board meeting: Robert C. Smith, owner of Nine Platt Hospitality Group in Plattsburgh, will serve as first vice president; Daniel J. Burke, a 1974 graduate and president and chief executive officer of TD Banknorth in Queensbury, N.Y., will serve as second vice president; Kathy MaGaw, a 1972 alumna and retired vice president of Chase, will be treasurer; and Robert Vincent, managing director of Wyeth Pharmaceuticals in Rouses Point, has been elected Secretary.

During the annual meeting, Henry Parnass of Saranac Lake was re-appointed to a second three-year term on the board of directors. The Plattsburgh Alumni Association appointed MaGaw, a resident of Kinnelon, N.J., as an alumni representative on the board.
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