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Contributed by Molly Israel on 04/20/2012
On Wednesday evening I received word that Mike Serventi, a long-term trustee who retired from the board in May 2011 and an alumnus of the class of 1972, was struck by a car and killed while riding his bicycle in Florida.
Mike was an incredibly warm and special person with an unwavering commitment to Ithaca College. He was the driving force behind the vision and fund-raising for the Athletic and Events Center and through this work came to know many of the members of the College community including coaches, student affairs staff, members of the office of Institutional Advancement and our facilities staff to name just a few areas. He particularly enjoyed his interactions with students when on campus for board events or planning for the A&E Center. Mike was a friend and colleague, an inspirational leader, and a shining example of the highest levels of personal and professional achievements accomplished by an Ithaca College graduate. He made an incredible impact on each and every person he touched. We were privileged to have him as a member of our board and will always hold him in our hearts as "one of our own."
On behalf of the Ithaca College community I am extending my heartfelt sympathies to Mike's wife Gail '72 and his family.