The head of economic development in Montgomery County is joining the board of trustees of the local community college.
Kenneth Rose — who is director of the Montgomery County Department of Economic Development, Planning and Tourism and also the CEO of the county Industrial Development Agency — will serve on the Fulton-Montgomery Community College’s board until 2020, the college announced this week.
The Fonda resident got his start with the county working in the Planning Department and was selected to head economic development when former director Michael Yevoli left in 2006.
Also appointed this week to the 10-member volunteer board at the college was student David Strausser, according to FMCC’s announcement. Strausser, a resident of Gloversville, was appointed student trustee, which carries a one-year term.
A student in FMCC’s criminal justice program, Strausser plans to complete his degree in the fall and then pursue a computer science degree, according to the college.
The board of trustees at the 2,150-student school recently named trustee James Landrio chairman of the board and trustee Michael Pepe as vice chairman.
Landrio won the Trustee Leadership Award from the New York Community College Trustees Association in 2010. He has garnered the support of numerous legislators and local officials in his fight to maintain a billboard on the state Thruway advertising the Johnstown Holiday Inn he manages.
He joined the board of trustees in 2001.
An alumnus of FMCC, Landrio lives in Gloversville with his wife, Kelly.
Pepe joined the board of trustees in 2008 and will serve until 2015.
He is a senior commercial relationship manager at NBT Bank. He also serves as a trustee on the board of St. Mary’s Hospital.
Pepe is past chairman of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Amsterdam Rotary Club.
Paula Weaver will serve as board secretary in addition to being administrative assistant for the office of the president, the college announced.
Weaver, who replaces 39-year employee Diane Palmateer, studied in the Mildred Elley Business School’s executive secretary program before earning a paralegal degree at Schenectady County Community College.
Weaver worked in the Law Office of Vincent E. Vicinanzo and at the Mycel Law Firm prior to joining FMCC.
College President Dustin Swanger provided the following statement with the announcement: “We are pleased to have such a dedicated group of individuals working for our community’s college. I am confident they will make tremendous contributions to FM.”