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New Members Attend Their First Meeting of Ithaca College Board of Trustees

ITHACA, NY — Six recently elected members of the Ithaca College Board of Trustees attended their first meeting of the board during its fall session, held October 20–22. Mark Dicker is serving for the next three years as an alumni trustee, Jason Hamilton for the next three years as a faculty trustee, and Elizabeth Stoltz for the next two years as a student trustee. Michael Battle, W. Kent Fuchs and Ken Pollinger are each serving for the next four years as term trustees.

Mark Dicker is a licensed nursing home administrator and the assistant executive director of Clear View Nursing Home, Shore View Nursing Home, Sea Crest Health Care Center and Manhattanville Nursing Care Center. He is a member of the American College of Health Care Administrators and the American Health Care Association. A 1977 graduate of Ithaca College, he earned his degree in health services administration. He has served as a member of the Ithaca College Alumni Association Board of Directors and the Athletics and Events Center National Committee.

Jason Hamilton is an associate professor in the Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences, joining the newly created department in 2007 after teaching in the Department of Biology since 2001. He holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in both plant ecology and physical chemistry from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is a well-known consultant for businesses and other institutions implementing sustainability programs as well as an educator and researcher in sustainability science and global change biology, and he actively promotes community partnerships in those areas.

Elizabeth Stoltz is a sophomore majoring in Integrated Marketing Communications in the Roy H. Park School of Communications. She is a Park Scholar and member of the Student Government Association, and is in the process of creating a social justice program to be offered through the Division of Interdisciplinary and International Studies. In 2007, she founded Food for Thought, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children around the world. She was also one of the founding members of She’s the First, an organization that empowers girls in the developing world through education.

Michael Battle joined the New York City law firm Schlam Stone & Dolan in 2010, where he concentrates on complex commercial litigation, white-collar crime and appeals. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College and law degree from SUNY Buffalo Law School. He has held a number of prestigious public service legal positions, including attorney for the Legal Aid Society of New York, Assistant New York State Attorney General, Erie County Family Court judge, United States Attorney for the Western District of New York and director of the Executive Office for United States Attorneys.

W. Kent Fuchs was named in January of 2009 as provost of Cornell University, where he serves as the chief academic officer and chief operations officer. He was previously the Joseph Silbert Dean of the College of Engineering and a professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His research interests include dependable computer systems and testing and failure diagnosis of integrated circuits. He is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Association for Computing Machinery, and has received numerous awards for both his teaching and research.

Ken Pollinger is the chief executive officer and vice chairman of Klingenstein, Fields & Co., a wealth management firm. He had previously served as a vice president in asset management services at Wertheim Schroder; an assistant vice president at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette; and as an internal auditor at E.F. Hutton & Co. He earned his B.S. degree in finance from the Ithaca College School of Business and an M.B.A. from Fordham University. He is a former chairman of the board of trustees of Windward School and is currently a trustee for Rye Country Day School as well as a director of Brandywine Trust Company.