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Trustees welcome Truckenmiller, Putnam

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton Montgomery Community College Board of Trustees Chairman Geoffrey Peck wasted no time in congratulating the college’s new President, Greg Truckenmiller, along with the newly appointed Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Diana Putnam. The board gathered for April’s business meeting last week and collectively echoed the sentiment that they are excited about what the pair brings to the college. Both Truckenmiller and Putnam bring years of experience working at FMCC.

“Congratulations of course to both Greg and to Diana. We are so pleased to have resolution and to have the unanimous vote and support from SUNY. We couldn’t be more pleased for the future for our campus and for our students with the two of you leading the charge. Thank you to the search committee and the Board of Trustees for the work you put into this process,” said Peck.

Other business included the board saying goodbye to five-year trustee William Easterly. Many members called him a friend to the college who has demonstrated a dedication to the position they will miss. The board now welcomes Easterly’s replacement, Joseph Salamack. Peck called it a bittersweet evening.

“We thank him for his outstanding service. We appreciate all that you brought to the board. With that we officially welcome Mr. Joseph Salamack officially next month. I have known Joe for a number of years and we are very pleased to have him on the board,” said Peck.

Vice President for Student Affairs Jane Kelley updated the board on commencement. She said the school will be providing a virtual academic awards ceremony on May 18 and pre-recorded commencement ceremony on May 19. The event will include recognition of August 2020, December 2020, January 2021, and May 2021 graduates, as well as August 2021 candidates for graduation. There will be an in-person Grad Walk ceremony that will allow up to four friends or family members to join the graduates on campus during this special time.

In the resident’s report, Truckenmiller said he is thankful to the board for the support they gave him as acting president for over the past 20 months.

“We now look to the future and what we have ahead of us. I am looking forward to living up to the promise that you have all given to me, I appreciate that,” said Truckenmiller.

Truckenmiller reported funding updates from both the federal and state levels, including capital funding to the capital project, a new financial and technology center.

“It is decent news on the budget from the state, very positive,” said Truckenmiller.

Truckenmiller said the college stands to gain a little over $3 million from Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act as well as about $5.5 million from the American Rescue Plan Act. Just last week the college received guidance from SUNY on the institutional portion.

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