During a special gala held in his honor, the Hangar Theatre of Ithaca, N.Y. celebrated emeritus member of their board, HWS Honorary Trustee Roy Dexheimer ’55, P’86, GP’18, LL.D. ’80 for his extraordinary service and dedication to their organization. The evening included speeches by members of the theatre’s staff, current and past Board members and community leaders, who recognized Dexheimer’s lasting impact on their community and throughout the region as a champion of educational programming and the arts.
“Roy has been an instrumental force for much of the Hangar’s history, especially regarding the educational part of our mission,” says Michael Barakiva, artistic director of the Hangar Theatre, of Dexheimer, an emeritus member of their board. “Having dedicated his life to education and inspired two generations of educators himself, Roy has ensured the Hangar’s educational programs remain a top priority in serving students of all backgrounds.”
For more than 40 years, the Hangar Theatre has produced quality theatrical and education programs. A member of the community for three decades, Dexheimer helped expand and shape the core of the theatre’s mission: to enrich, enlighten, educate and entertain audiences throughout the Finger Lakes Region.
After graduating from Hobart and William Smith with his B.A. in English, Dexheimer dedicated his life to service and education in the Finger Lakes Region. Over the past four decades, he served as superintendent of several school districts, including Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga BOCES for 18 years, Batavia City Schools and South Kortright Central School District as well as interim superintendent in South Seneca and Groton Central Schools. He began his career as an English teacher for the U.S. Army and also taught English Language Arts for three years at West Irondequoit High School in Rochester, N.Y. Elected to the Hobart and William Smith Board of Trustees in 1973, Dexheimer went on to serve the Colleges as Vice President for Institutional Advancement in 1999. He would later assume several strategic leadership roles on behalf of the institution.
In 2017, Dexheimer was awarded the Hobart Medal of Excellence by the Hobart Alumni Association and delivered the Charter Day address. Read more about Dexheimer’s distinguished career as an educator and service to his alma mater here.