John A. Sadwith '72, Parent '15
A student trustee, John was presented with the President's Award in his senior year for "outstanding contributions to the college's community." After graduation, he was assistant dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences for three years as well as student/faculty liaison. Currently, John volunteers with IC's Colorado Alumni Chapter.
Jessica B. Savitch '68
Jessica served on the board for three years, until her death in 1983. In honor of her life and career, her family established the Jessica Savitch '68 Communications Scholarship, awarded to students who demonstrate excellence, achievement, and promise in the field of broadcast journalism. The Jessica Savitch Award of Distinction for Excellence in Journalism was also established in her honor. In 1979, Jessica received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from IC and delivered the main Commencement address.
Susan J. Scanlon '71
During her time as a trustee, Sue served on several committees and chaired the Campus Life and Community Committee and the Trusteeship Committee. She was also a member of the Executive Committee for nine years and served on the search committee that brought President Rochon to the college. In 2005, Sue established the Susan Scanlon '71 Endowed Scholarship, and in 2010, she received the alumni association's Lifetime Achievement Award.
Arrien C. Schiltkamp '78, Parent '16
Arrien originally came to Ithaca College to study music, but his interests in political science eventually led him to obtain a B.A. in government from Clark University and a master's degree in political science and international relations from Boston College. During his ten years as a trustee, Arrien served on the Buildings and Grounds, Campus Life and Community, Educational Policy, and Finance Committees, while also hosting new student welcome parties for incoming IC students.
George J. Schunck, Parent '81
George played a tremendous leadership role in managing and directing the college’s finances through his decade-long service as chair of the Investment and Finance Committee. In recognition of his service, he was named an honorary trustee in 1993.
Charles F. Seabrook
Charles received an honorary doctor of laws degree from Ithaca College in 1952.
James P. Selvage
James received an honorary doctor of laws degree from Ithaca College in 1954.
Carolyn K. Serling, Parent '74
Carol Serling was elected to the board of trustees in 1983, and served as a member for 18 years. Carol was instrumental in building and maintaining Ithaca College's Rod Serling Archives, a comprehensive collection of work made by Rod Serling, her late husband. Carol also took a central role in establishing the Rod Serling Award for Advancing Social Justice through Popular Media, which is presented by Ithaca College to a contemporary media industry professional whose work shines a light on prejudice, inequality, and evolving social norms. In 1995, she was awarded the Meritorious Service Award, which recognizes non-graduates for their distinguished contributions to Ithaca College through professional, civic, or philanthropic activities. She also served as an honorary board member until her death in 2020.
Michael J. Serventi '72
Mike served on numerous committees during his time as a trustee, and chaired the Finance Committee. An active alumnus for many years, he was a member of the Athletics and Events Center Campaign Committee, the School of Business Volunteer Committee, and the School of Business Steering Committee, and he volunteered as an alumni admission representative. He and his wife, Gail, co-chaired the President's Associates from 1992 to 1997.
Syrena T. Shirley '05
In addition to serving as a student trustee, Syrena was a resident assistant and the president of the business school's Deans' Hosts. She was regularly on the dean's list and received several awards, including the Campus Life Award and the Dean's Award. As an alumna, Syrena has returned to campus for speaking engagements with the Office of Student Engagement and Multicultural Affairs as well as the School of Business.
Samuel Shmikler '77
Sam served on the board twice: first as a student trustee, then as a term trustee. During his second stint, he was chair of the Institutional Advancement Committee and the Major Gifts Subcommittee. Sam was an alumni regional volunteer in Southern California, and he worked on the Campaign for the School of Music.
Joseph A. Short '35
After serving as president of the alumni association from 1956 to 1958, Joe was elected as the alumni representative to the board of trustees. As a student, he was a member of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity and the Student Council, and was on the staff of the Ithacan. Joe has the distinction of being the first instructor in IC's inaugural radio and television department.
Ralph A. Siciliano '72
During his six years on the board, Ralph served on numerous committees. He was also a member of the IC Alumni Association Board of Directors for many years. He was elected president of the alumni board in 1993 and named director emeritus in 2010. Currently, Ralph is an alumni admission representative and a member of the President's Roundtable.
Yetunde Smalls '21
As a student trustee, Yetunde brought her passion for community leadership and advocating for equality. She served on the Academic & Student Affairs and Buildings & Grounds Committees. She was committed to representing each of her constituencies while striving to embody the college’s mission and stressing the importance of student-centric decision-making. Yetunde was a Martin Luther King (MLK) scholar who was also the recipient of a Bridgeup Scholarship, an extension of the BOLD Women’s Leadership Network.
Harold F. Smiddy
Harold was elected to the board in 1961 and named an honorary trustee in 1974. He received an honorary doctor of laws degree from the college in 1961 and was the Commencement speaker that year. Harold F. and Lois M. Smiddy Hall was dedicated in his and his wife's honor in 1986. It was home to the School of Business until 2008.
Lawrence S. Smith '69
Larry sat on several committees during his tenure on the board, including the Campus Life and Community Committee and the Institutional Advancement Committee. He was also a regional volunteer in Florida for many years. He and his wife, Christine, were passionate supporters of the college. The dean's suite in the Park Center for Business and Sustainable Enterprise was named in their honor.
Walter J. Smith, S.J.
During his decade on the board, Walter served on numerous committees, among them the Educational Policy Committee, which he chaired for three years; the Educational Affairs Committee, which he co-chaired for two years; and the Trusteeship/Governance Committee (including its many ad hoc derivative subcommittees). He was also a member of the college's National Leadership Council and the Making a World of Difference Campaign Committee.
G. Gabrielle Starr
Gabi served as co-chair of the board’s Educational Affairs Committee and as a member of the Audit, Executive, and Finance Committees.
Ellen J. Staurowsky MS '78
Ellen was elected as an alumni trustee in 2018. She served on the board’s Academic & Student Affairs, Audit, and Institutional Advancement/Campaign Committee. Ellen also served the college as an alumni trustee for the Alumni Association Board of Directors. Her original trustee term expired in 2021, but she was hired as a tenured Professor in the Roy H. Park School of Communications, Department of Media Arts, Sciences and Studies effective August 2020, and has stepped down from the board to rejoin the IC family as a faculty member.
David I. Stewart '67
David was elected to the board as an alumni trustee in 1996, then as a term trustee in 2001. He also served on the IC Alumni Association Board of Directors for 15 years and was named director emeritus in 2010. In 2003, David was honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award. He also established the David I. Stewart '67 Study-Abroad Scholarship for students in the Park School of Communications.
Elizabeth A. Stoltz '13
A student trustee, Elizabeth served on the Campus Life and Community Committee and the Educational Policy Committee. Elizabeth was a Park scholar and an executive board member of the Student Government Association. In recognition of her leadership on social justice issues, she was named a 2012 Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact, a coalition of college and university presidents.
David P. Storch '75
During his time as a trustee, David was a member of many committees, including the Campaign Steering Committee and the Investment Committee. From 2009 to 2013, he served on the President's Roundtable. In 1999, David established the David P. Storch '75 Scholarship, awarded to worthy students in the School of Business.
Diane Frankle Storck '70
Diane's tenure on the board is one of many ways she has remained involved with IC. She was a member of the IC Alumni Association Board of Directors and has served as a regional volunteer in Chicago. Diane established the Diane Frankle Storck '70 Scholarship, which helps juniors or seniors who have an unexpected financial situation that may jeopardize their continued enrollment. In 2011, she received the Edgar "Dusty" Bredbenner Jr. '50 Distinguished Alumni Award.
Two years after being elected to the board, George was named chair. At the 1945 Commencement ceremony, he was awarded an honorary doctor of letters degree and delivered the main address. He also spoke at Convocation in 1951.
Julia P. Stromsted '78
Julia was a student trustee. During her time on campus, she was a member of the Student Government Association, serving as vice president for communications in 1975–1976.
E. William Terwilliger, Parent '80, '81
Bill, a faculty trustee, taught in the Department of English. He was named professor emeritus in 1994. Bill and his wife, Elizabeth, established the Robert Barden Terwilliger '80 Memorial Award in memory of their son. The award is given to outstanding graduating seniors who have majored in philosophy or psychology and plan to pursue a graduate degree.
George C. Textor
George was elected to the board in 1952 and served as chair from 1966 until his death in 1968. His tenure coincided with a critical time in the college's history — its move to South Hill — and George helped secure resources and support for that move. Textor Hall is named for George, as is the George C. Textor Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded to students who demonstrate meritorious academic performance.
Conrad served for nine years on the board. As a newly elected trustee, he spoke in 1958 at the opening of the college's new television and radio studios on Buffalo Street in downtown Ithaca.
James W. Tucker
In 1993, Jim was elected to the board of trustees. During his time on the board, he served as chair of the Compensation and Benefits Committee and the combined Investment and Finance/Compensation and Benefits Committee. He was named honorary trustee upon his retirement in 1995. Jim played a key role in soliciting funds for the School of Business.
Samuel S. Venitt
During his three decades on the board, Samuel served on the Development Committee, the Executive Committee, and the Trusteeship Committee. In 1982, he was elected an honorary trustee. Samuel supported the construction of the Venitt Terrace (also known as free speech rock), in memory of his mother, father, and brothers. He also contributed to the construction of Smiddy Hall.
Yecenia "Jessie" Villar '96
A student trustee, Jessie served on the Buildings and Grounds Committee, the Educational Policy Committee, and the Institutional Advancement Committee. She was also active in the African-Latino Society and a leader in establishing the African-Latino Society Alumni Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded to high-achieving students of color who have made significant contributions to multicultural awareness and the well-being of minority students on campus.
Keith W. Watters '76
During his time on the board, Keith served on the Campus Life and Community Committee, the Finance Committee, the Institutional Advancement Committee, and the Investment Committee. He continues to support IC as an alumni admission representative and volunteer.
Jill S. Weiner '87
Jill was a student trustee, and during her time on campus she received the Campus Life Award and was a member of the Student Government Association. She was also a resident assistant and studied at the London Center. Since graduation, Jill has volunteered as an alumni association representative.
Robert L. Werner
Bob was elected to the board of trustees in 1968 and later served as chair from 1976 to 1980. Upon his retirement from the board in 1988, Bob was named an honorary trustee. That year, he also received the IC Alumni Association's Meritorious Service Award. The Robert L. Werner Library Endowment was created through a bequest in his memory and is used to purchase books by North American authors.
James J. Whalen
Jim was the sixth president of Ithaca College, serving from 1975 until 1997. He led the college during a time of remarkable growth and change. After he retired from the presidency, he was an honorary trustee until his death in 2001. His legacy is found in the James J. Whalen Center for Music, the James J. Whalen Academic Symposium, the J. J. Staff Scholar Award, the J. J. Whalen Turtle Bridge Scholarship, and the James J. Whalen Meritorious Service Award.
Jeff J. White '73
Jeff was a student trustee, and in addition to serving on the board, he was a member of the Student Government Association, Delta Mu Delta, Zeta Sigma Nu, and the Oracle Honor Society. As an alumnus, Jeff was on the IC Alumni Association Board of Directors from 1976 to 1982.
Steven C. White '66, M.S. '69
During his time as a trustee, Steve served on the Buildings and Grounds Committee and the Campus Life and Community Committee. Currently, he is a director emeritus of the IC Alumni Association Board of Directors. In 2009, Steve was the recipient of the Edgar "Dusty" Bredbenner Jr. '50 Distinguished Alumni Award. He also helped establish the Washington, D.C., Scholarship for Summer Internships.
Peggy R. Williams
Peggy served the college as its seventh and first female president. During her tenure, she led the largest comprehensive campaign in IC history and oversaw a multiyear self-study process for reaccreditation. Peggy continues to support IC students: she established the David A. and Peggy R. Williams International Study Grant and the David A. and Peggy R. Williams Endowed Fund for Women Student Leadership. The IC community has honored her with the creation of the Peggy R. Williams Difficult Dialogues Symposium; the naming of the campus’s administrative building (the Peggy Ryan Williams Center); and the establishment of the Peggy R. Williams Award for Academic and Community Leadership.
Arlene Makransky Wolff '57, Parent '81
Arlene spent many years on the board, and continues to be engaged with the college through her work as a volunteer and as a member, since 1970, of the IC Alumni Association Board of Directors. In 1987, Arlene was honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award, and in 2015, with the Volunteer Service Award. She established the Arlene Makransky Wolff '57 Endowed Scholarship, which is awarded to outstanding physical therapy students.
Kurt J. Wolfgruber '72
Kurt graduated from Ithaca College in 1972 with a B.A. in economics and went on to become a chartered financial analyst, working in the investment industry for over four decades. During his trusteeship, he chaired the Enrollment and Communications Committee and the Trusteeship Committee, and also served on the Assessment, Finance, and Presidential Compensation Committees. He also volunteered with Network Nights and served as a member of the President's Roundtable. As a student at IC, Kurt played baseball and football.
Kevin L. Yaudes '92
A student trustee, Kevin served on the Institutional Advancement Committee. He regularly made the dean's list and was a member of Phi Kappa Phi and the Oracle Honor Society. He was also active in the Psychology Club and the Student Government Association, and he was a copy editor for the Ithacan in 1989–90.
Kalena Yearwood '23
A student trustee, Kalena was elected as a rising sophomore, Politics major and MLK Scholar. A graduate of Ithaca High School and TST BOCES Career and Tech Center, a licensed cosmetologist, she has been a member of the Tompkins County Democratic Committee (TCDC), Election Inspector and Poll Site Manager for the Tompkins County Board of Elections (BoE), and Election Inspector for the Ithaca City School District Annual School Board Election and Budget Vote. Kalena's awards at IC include the Peggy Ryan Williams Award (2022), Silver Superior Junior POOC Academic Achievement Award (2021), and Exceptional Academic Excellence POC Academic Achievement Award (2020). During her time serving on the board she was noted as a great addition to the board, offering good questions and comments during discussion as well as leading the new student trustee search for the Governance Committee.
Roy A. Young
During his tenure as a trustee, Roy served as chair of a committee created specifically to address the future of Ithaca College. Upon his resignation from the board in 1989, Roy was named an honorary trustee. Roy was also a member of the Friends of Ithaca College.