November 19, 2001 GENEVA, N.Y.—A national news correspondent, a successful CEO, an accomplished corporate finance officer, and a proven business president have been called to serve on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges board of trustees. President Mark D. Gearan called the new group of trustees a collection of dynamic thinkers.
CBS news correspondent William T. Whitaker, Jr., corporate leader Daniel T. Accordino, corporate finance officer Linda D. Arrington, and business president Susan Albert Athas have joined the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Board of Trustees, serving as active participants together for the first time at the board meeting this fall. President Gearan proudly and warmly welcomed their new commitment to the Colleges. He said they succinctly represent Hobart and William Smith Colleges, a 21st century community that is civically engaged, globally connected, financially viable, and technologically advanced.
“Dan Accordino, Bill Whitaker, Linda Arrington, and Susan Albert Athas are four committed leaders. They are self-built individuals who are top in their field and who have done that while giving to their communities,” Gearan said. “Dan, Bill, Linda, and Susan’s appointments to the board are a fitting match as Hobart and William Smith Colleges continue to produce tomorrow’s leaders.”
Charles H. Salisbury, Jr., the chair of the Board of Trustees, believes these candidates complement the Board. “These new members bring a variety of experiences and perspectives that will enrich the governance of the Colleges,” said Salisbury, who is the president and director of Salisbury Broadcasting Corp., based in Baltimore, Md. “Our new colleagues are very committed to the Colleges and will be of great assistance ensuring a dynamic future for Hobart and William Smith Colleges.”
Returning to the Board for another term is restaurant owner John A. Pulos, of Montour Falls, N.Y., who has served several terms on the Board.
Accordino, of Cazenovia, N.Y., is the president, director, and chief operating officer of Carrols Corporation, which owns and operates fast food restaurants and food distribution. It is one of the world’s largest franchises of Burger King restaurants. Since joining Carrols in 1972 the company has grown from a $65 million company to the $733 million company of today.
He is the parent of Frank J. Fellone, a sophomore at Hobart College.
Accordino has served on a number of corporate boards and has been a leader in the Syracuse community. He has participated in the Metropolitan Development Association and was vice president of the Board for the Lakefront Development Corporation in Syracuse. This organization has been pivotal in the development of the Carousel Mall and surrounding area in Syracuse.
In addition, Accordino serves as a director of the Upstate Medical Health Science Center and is involved with Habitat for Humanity in Texas and Oklahoma. He worked with the Syracuse Diocese on the Bishop’s successfully completed $40 million heritage campaign.
Accordino is a graduate of Syracuse University and Harvard University’s business school executive program.
Whitaker, of Los Angeles, Calif., is a 1973 graduate of Hobart College, who has had a successful career in television journalism since his graduation. Since 1984, he has covered many of the major breaking news events and issues of the day, including the pro-democracy uprising in Tienanmen Square in Beijing, the Persian Gulf War, the Unabomber case, the O.J. Simpson murder and civil trials, the Columbine school shootings, and the presidential campaign of George W. Bush.
In 1999, Whitaker received an Emmy Award for a segment he did for “48 Hours.” Recently he was honored at the Minorities in Broadcasting Program seventh annual “Striving for Excellence Awards.” He is also engaged in his community. Whitaker has been active in adult literacy tutoring programs and he and his family have served meals in homeless shelters.
Whitaker has remained connected to his Geneva alma mater. He has been a well-received speaker at campus events throughout the years. In 1994 and 1999, he both opened and then closed the more than $100 million capital campaign as the master of ceremonies at the campaign celebrations. In 1997, he was awarded an honorary degree by the Colleges for his service.
Whitaker earned a master’s degree from Boston University in African-American studies. He also attended the master of journalism program at the University of California at Berkeley.
Arrington, of New York, N.Y., is a 1988 graduate of William Smith, and is the founder and chief executive officer of B2 Porter-European Fashion Internet Venture in New York. She has served as a senior associate in the Corporate Finance Program at Chase Securities in New York. Prior to joining Chase, she was an account management office with Chemical Bank Agency Services Co., in New York.
Arrington is also civically active as a committee member of the Boys Harbor, Inc. since 1989, and previously as a mentor for Young Entrepreneurs Program and a member of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. Arrington is also involved in a number of city agencies trying to provide a way out for underprivileged children from the inner city.
While attending Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Arrington majored in biology, served as a representative on William Smith Congress, was campus co-chair for the Geneva United Way, and led the senior gift project.
Arrington also holds a master of business administration in finance and entrepreneurship from Columbia University Graduate School of Business.
Athas, of Westwood, Mass., a 1975 William Smith graduate, is the president of Fit to be Framed, a wholesale art enterprise and Acorn Editions, a publisher of limited edition prints. Prior to these experiences she worked for Winn Devon Art Group of Seattle, Wash. Athas has also been the director of J. Todd Galleries in Wellesley, Mass. and director of C. G. Rein Galleries in Minneapolis, Minn. She also served on the staffs of four members of Congress in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C.
As a William Smith student, she was a studio art and art history major. Since graduating, Athas has been an active volunteer for her alma mater. She was president of the William Smith Alumnae Association for several years and coordinator of chapters in Washington, Minneapolis, and Boston. For her service she was nominated for the Ernest T. Steward Award given by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education in 1997. Most recently she was her reunion coordinator and received the William Smith Alumnae Association Citation Award.