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Three ECC trustees elected into board officer positions

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

BUFFALO—Erie Community College President Jack Quinn is pleased to announce that three members of the school’s Board of Trustees—Stephen Boyd, Michelle Mazzone and Susan Swarts—have been elected and unanimously approved into board officer positions for the 2013-14 academic year.

“We’re proud and honored to have such strong leadership in every seat of our Board of Trustees,” said Quinn. “Their insight has been integral in steering our college’s progress, so it’s with great confidence that we approve these three board members into positions vital to moving ECC forward.”

Stephen Boyd will take over board chairman duties from Patricia Mertz, who’s served in the position since 2011. The South Buffalo native and current North Buffalo resident is currently principal partner at Williamsville law firm Steve Boyd, PC, and has practiced personal injury law since 1999. Before entering the legal profession, he was a reporter and anchor at WKBW-TV in Buffalo, anchoring weekday and weekend newscasts for Channel 7 Eyewitness News from 1989 to 1999. Outside his law practice and ECC, he serves on the board of Visit Buffalo Niagara and is a member of the American Association for Justice.

Michelle A. Mazzone—chief operating officer of McGuire Development Company—will step into Raymond Gallagher’s place as the board’s vice chair. Appointed to ECC’s Board of Trustees 2010, the West Seneca resident was one of three education administrators selected by SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher as one of the Group of 200 for SUNY’s strategic plan. Mazzone has been actively engaged in higher education issues within several organizations for over 20 years, and has served as a board of director for Summit Educational Resources, United Cerebral Palsy Foundation and the Buffalo Alliance for Education.

Susan Swarts rounds out the board leadership shift, as she’ll take over for Boyd as secretary. The East Aurora resident followed her management position with Niagara Mohawk with corporate trainer work for Evans Bank, as well as administrative positions with Cornell University and Western New York Pediatric Ophthalmology. She’s also done extensive consultation work within her own Swarts Consulting Services, and spent time in the classroom as a part-time instructor at both Cornell and Buffalo’s Daemen College. Over the years, Swarts has balanced her impressive professional record with formative community involvement, serving on boards for Canisius College, South Buffalo Charter School and western New York theater organization, O’Connell and Company.


Since 1946, Erie Community College has met the needs of a diverse student body while contributing to the economic vitality of Western New York. As a member of the state’s SUNY system, the three-campus college provides flexible, affordable and accessible educational programs in an accommodating academic environment. Equipped with the knowledge of these programs, ECC’s faculty, staff and students strive to enrich their host communities through skill, service and partnership.


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