At its fall meeting the Ithaca College Board of Trustees elected as its newest member Adelaide Gomer, a trustee of the Park Foundation of Ithaca, New York. Gomer is the daughter of foundation president Dorothy D. Park and the late Roy H. Park, who was a 20-year member of the Ithaca College Board of Trustees and its first chairman emeritus.
As a trustee of the Park Foundation, Gomer reviews and awards
grants to educational, social, and environmental organizations.
She has taught reading and special education in school districts
in the Ithaca, Rochester, and Richmond, Virginia, areas. She was
an adjunct faculty member in the Learning Development Center
of the Rochester Institute of Technology and served as a research assistant at the New York State Institute for Occupational Education and as an assistant to the dean at the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine, both at Cornell University. Prior to that, she worked in public relations and advertising at Hill and Knowlton and Marcus Purchasing Co. in New York City, and at the Hoeffer, Dietrich & Brown advertising agency in San Francisco.
"I am honored to accept an appointment to the Ithaca College Board of Trustees," said Gomer. "It provides a special opportunity for me to bring together my experience in various aspects of education with my interests in higher education in general and Ithaca College in particular.
"In a more personal sense, I know how much my father enjoyed his work with the College," Gomer continued, "and of course it means a great deal to me to carry on that relationship."
Board of trustees chairman Herman E. Muller Jr. said he is delighted with Gomer's appointment. "In addition to her considerable professional expertise, Adelaide brings to the board invaluable insight and knowledge of the greater Ithaca community which the College is so proud to be a part of," Muller said.
Gomer holds a bachelor's degree in sociology and English from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a master's degree in education from Longwood College in Virginia. In the community she has worked with such organizations as the United Way, Literacy Volunteers, and the Special Olympics.