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Student Award Established by Institutional Advancement Chief

Roy Dexheimer bequeaths a fund to award Student Trustees for service

June 7, 2000 Geneva, NY – Roy Dexheimer, vice-president for institutional advancement and a former member of the Board of Trustees at Hobart and William Smith College, has established an endowment at the Colleges that will give a monetary award to Student Trustees at the conclusion of their service on the Colleges' Board of Trustees.

Dexheimer, a 1955 Hobart graduate, initiated the Student Trustee Recognition Award to express thanks and to honor the consistently excellent service provided by all Student Trustees. Before taking the position last year as the Colleges institutional advancement chief, Dexheimer had served on the Colleges' Board of Trustees since 1973. “For the past 30 years,” said Dexheimer, “No part of my experiences has been more satisfying than the connections with Student Trustees.”

At the Board of Trustees meeting in May, Dexheimer presented the first Awards to this year's senior Student Trustees, Nathaniel M. Smith, of the Bronx, N.Y., and Jennifer Leshnower, of Brighton, N.Y. During the award presentation Smith and Leshnower were recognized and honored for their “distinguished service to the students who elected them, and to the Board of Trustees, which welcomed and trusted them as full colleagues.”

In celebrating, Dexheimer said, “You have earned the respect and the affection of the full Board of Trustees, and of your student supporters. Your experiences included the unique opportunity to be part of the selection and orientation of a new president for these Colleges, a piece of collaboration which will have a profound impact upon the future of your Colleges.”

HWS is rare in its practice that allows two juniors and two seniors to serve with the Colleges' Board of Trustees. The students are elected by their peers in their sophomore year to a two-year term. Senior trustees are voting members of the Board.

Dexheimer came to work at the Colleges last year after more than 40 years of serving as a school superintendent. Most recently, Dexheimer served as District Superintendent at the Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga BOCES for 18 years. He is a former superintendent of schools in Batavia, and in South Kortright Central School District.

Mark D. Gearan, president of Hobart and William Smith, praised Dexheimer for his continued support and service to the Colleges. “We benefit enormously from Roy's continued commitment to this institution,” Gearan said.

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