Honorary Trustees

Lawrence M. Alleva '71

During Larry's long and distinguished service on the board, he was part of the college's growth and development, making it the institution it is today. He was chair of the college's first comprehensive campaign, was co-chair of the School of Business Building Campaign Committee, and twice served as vice chair of the board of trustees. His leadership and philanthropy established the PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Scholarship, awarded to accounting majors whose academic performance is outstanding and who are planning a career in public accounting.

Gloria L. Hobbs

Elected to the board of trustees in 1972, Gloria is a linguist, scholar, and administrator who has authored numerous articles on topics ranging from French literature to the African diaspora. After earning her undergraduate degree at Hunter College, Gloria obtained a master's degree at Columbia University and a doctorate in modern languages at the University of Texas at Austin. In 1966, she took a leave of absence from her academic responsibilities to help create the first Women's Job Corps Center in Texas and serve as its deputy director for three years. A world traveler and the recipient of many honors, Gloria is a strong advocate for marginalized young people in higher education and the workplace. She has established several scholarships, including the Gloria Hobbs Scholarship for deserving minority students at Ithaca College. In 1983, she retired from the City University of New York as dean and professor emerita. In 1987, she received the Meritorious Service Award, which recognizes distinguished achievements and contributions to the college by non-graduates. Gloria has served as an honorary trustee since 1987.

Robert A. Iger '73

After graduating from Ithaca College with a degree in television–radio in 1973, Bob accepted a position at the ABC group, eventually becoming its chairman and managing several networks including ABC, A&E, and Lifetime. In 1999, Bob became the president and CEO of the Walt Disney Company. An extraordinary businessman, he guided the company through several acquisitions (including Pixar, Marvel Entertainment, and Lucasfilm) that revitalized the company. Bob has received countless honors for his strategic and innovative leadership, including being named MarketWatch CEO of the year, one of Forbes magazine's "top gun CEOs," and one of Fortune magazine's 25 most powerful people in business. Throughout his career, Bob has remained a passionate and involved member of the Ithaca College community, helping to launch the Making a World of Difference comprehensive campaign in 2006, speaking at the college's 1993 Commencement ceremony, and participating in the S'Park! Igniting Your Future in Communications course through the Roy H. Park School of Communications. Bob was elected to the board of trustees in 1989 and became an honorary trustee in 1990.

Herman E. Muller Jr. '51

Herman "Skip" Muller has forged an enduring legacy at Ithaca College, having first been elected to the board of trustees in 1966 and serving until 1982, when he was appointed an honorary trustee. In 1991, he was re-elected to active trusteeship and served in that capacity until 2003, including eight years as chair. He again became an honorary trustee in 2003 and was named chair emeritus in 2012. Skip served in the U.S. Army from 1946 to 1947 and then graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in business management in 1951. He continued his education at Columbia University's Graduate School of Business, earning a master's degree in 1952. A sharp businessman, Skip spent years in accounting and management consulting, working for various prestigious firms including New York City's Pannell Kerr Forster. Afterward, he established a career as a private financial consultant. Skip has long been active with community and civic affairs as a member of the Empire State Housing Foundation, the executive committee of the Metropolitan Opera National Council, and a music advisory panel member for the National Endowment for the Arts. He received the Ithaca College Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumni Award in 1998 for his outstanding contributions to the college.

David W. Sass '57, Parent '83

An active member of Adelphi, Hillel, and the Cayugan, David graduated with honors from Ithaca College in 1957 with a degree in history. In 1960, he received a juris doctor from Temple University and went on to obtain a master of laws degree in taxation from New York University. David has been a practicing attorney for more than 55 years, working as a senior partner in the distinguished New York City firm McLaughlin & Stern. David joined the board of trustees in 1980 and served as vice chair from 1993 to 2001, when he was appointed honorary trustee. Beyond his duties on the board, David is an active member of the New York City business alumni community and has served as an honorary member of the board's Institutional Advancement Committee. He has also been a volunteer for the Office of Admission and a speaker for the School of Business New York City alumni.

George J. Schunck, Parent '81

George was appointed an honorary trustee in 1993 after serving on the board since 1982, including 10 years as chair of the Investment and Finance Committee. He graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in business administration in 1952 and served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955. Now retired, George was the chairman and CEO of the Young Agency, Inc., an insurance agency and brokerage firm in Syracuse. George has demonstrated consistent investment in his community through activities with many local nonprofit organizations.

Carolyn K. Serling, Parent '74

Carol graduated from Antioch College in 1950 with a degree in psychology and education and has consistently demonstrated thoughtful civic-mindedness. She has volunteered with the Santa Monica Hospital for more than 25 years, worked for the Fair Housing Council, and served in various roles for the League of Women Voters. Carol is the widow of screenwriter and former Ithaca College professor Rod Serling and is the retired associate publisher and consulting editor of the Twilight Zone magazine. She was instrumental in building and maintaining Ithaca College's Rod Serling Archives, a comprehensive collection of Serling's work. Carol also took a central role in establishing the Rod Serling Award for Advancing Social Justice through Popular Media, which is presented to a contemporary media industry professional whose work shines a light on prejudice, inequality, and evolving social norms. Elected to the board of trustees in 1983, Carol served for 18 years and became an honorary trustee in 2002. She's been the chair of numerous board committees, including audit, compensation and benefits, and trusteeship. 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.