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FMCC trustee earns statewide recognition for service

October 19, 2012
LEVI PASCHER , The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN - Fulton-Montgomery Community College Board of Trustees member Taiyebeh Ghazi-Moghadam received the New York Community College Trustees Leadership Award for her service to the board and college.

The award was formally presented to her at the NYCCT's annual fall conference in Saratoga Springs on Sept. 22, but she was unable to attend due to prior commitments. FM President Dustin Swanger accepted the award on her behalf.

Ghazi-Moghadam, an Amsterdam resident, has served on the board for seven years and is serving her second term.

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Fulton-Montgomery Community College Board Chairman James Landrio presented Board Trustee Taiyebeh Ghazi-Moghadam with the NYCCT Leadership award at Thursday night’s regular meeting.
(The Leader-Herald/Levi Pascher)

FM Board Chairman James Landrio also announced during the award presentation that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has reappointed her to the board.

"Taiyebeh is an outstanding person that works tirelessly for this college; her heart and soul are truly a part of this college and the board," Landrio said. "She really is an extraordinary person."

She was nominated for the award by members of the FM board and Swanger. The NYCCT's Nominating Committee then selected her for the award among candidates from 30 community colleges in New York state.

"Because I believe in education and I believe in this institution, I have done a lot of fundraising," Ghazi-Moghadam said. "You have to be visible and a good ambassador for the college, and I try to be a good member of the board."

Ghazi-Moghadam said she is excited to serve another term.

"I promise to do my best in the future as a member of this board," she said.

According to the NYCCT website, it is "a voluntary nonprofit consortium of community college trustees established to strengthen the effectiveness of [New York] community college trustees as an active force in the development and implementation of public policy impacting community colleges."

Levi Pascher covers Gloversville and FMCC?news. He can be reached by email at



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