COBLESKILL — SUNY Cobleskill President Marion Terenzio has been chosen to co-chair economic development efforts in the Mohawk Valley region.
The move was announced Tuesday; she replaces another college president — Fulton Montgomery Community College’s Dustin Swanger, who is retiring.
Terenzio will join Lawrence T. Gilroy III as co-chair of the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council, one of the state’s 10 geographically defined economic development zones.
The REDC initiative has served to partially decentralize the state’s economic development process, moving some control to the hands of public-private partnerships of local experts and representatives of business, academia, local government and non-governmental organizations
In its eight years, the REDC initiative has delivered more than $6.1 billion for 7,300 projects statewide chosen in a competitive process. The Mohawk Valley council has secured $615 million for 640 projects within Fulton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Oneida, Otsego and Schoharie counties.
Terenzio became the 12th president of the State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill on July 1, 2015. Previously, she was vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty at Bloomfield College in New Jersey and a professor at The Sage Colleges, where she also served as vice president for campus life.
In a news release, she said: “It has been my privilege to serve on the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council, and I’m honored to assume one of the council co-chair positions. The Council’s collective efforts have supported sustainable economic growth by encouraging new investments and job creation across the Mohawk Valley, and I would like to thank Dusty Swanger for his years of dedication to the region. I look forward to working with Lawrence Gilroy to ensure that we build upon all the successes that this Council has achieved for the last eight years.”