Marion E. Balyszak, director of the Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, was elected chair of Great Lakes Research Consortium Board of Governors at the organization’s fall meeting. She succeeds Stephen A. Gilje of Binghamton University. Balyszak was appointed by President Mark Gearan to be the Colleges’ representative to the Board of Governors in May 2005, when HWS joined the consortium.
“I am excited to accept this new post and to the continued collaboration with Interim GLRC Director, Dr. Gregory Boyer of SUNY ESF, the Board of Governors, the Campus Representatives and hundreds of other regional faculty with an interest in Great Lakes issues, Balyszak said. “Great Lakes research is critical and moving in new and exciting directions. Since all 11 Finger Lakes flow to Lake Ontario, their connection to this research is significant and is an important reason Hobart and William Smith Colleges were interested in becoming part of this important consortium.
The consortium, established in 1986 and now including 18 colleges and universities in New York with nine affiliate campuses in Ontario, Canada, is dedicated to collaborative research and education on the Great Lakes. Headquartered at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, its mission is to improve the understanding of the Great Lakes ecosystem including the physical, biological and chemical processes that shape it, as well as the social and political forces that affect human impact on the lakes and their associated economic resources.
The group’s accomplishments include collaborative Great Lakes research initiatives, an annual research conference, seminar series, a monthly electronic newsletter and the print periodical, Great Lakes Research Review.
Balyszak has been a member of the Hobart and William Smith Colleges since 2004.
A story about her election was featured in the Monday, Dec. 3 edition of the Rochester Business Journal. Read Great Lakes group taps Balyszak.