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ECC professor earns SUNY’s highest faculty honor

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Erie Community College is proud to announce that Mary Beth Orrange, professor in the college's Math Department since 1981, has earned Distinguished Service Professorship status by the State University of New York Board of Trustees.

Orrange was one of eight faculty members across the state to earn SUNY distinguished status, the highest faculty honor bestowed through the state university system. Since the program's inception in 1963, SUNY has appointed 950 faculty to distinguished ranks, with 315 Distinguished Professorships; 287 Distinguished Service Professorships; 343 Distinguished Teaching Professorships; and five (5) Distinguished Librarian Professorships. According to ECC President Jack Quinn, Professor Orrange's appointment is just another testament to her commitment to education.

"Mary Beth Orrange's numerous accomplishments exemplify not only her indispensability to our institution and region, but to the SUNY community as a whole," said Quinn. "Her efforts are an inspiration to anyone who wants to make a difference within their job, field or community."

During Orrange's 31 years at ECC, she's instructed thousands of students amid a vast array of contributions to the college and higher education. Among those accomplishments noted by SUNY's Board of Trustees include her involvement in ECC matters such as implementation of the Title III Grant—which improved placement testing, student support services, early alert, web-based student information and other retention activities—from 2005 to 2010; redesigning assessment methods for the college's Math Department; and her work as ECC's Middle States coordinator for the past two years. Professor Orrange's unwavering commitment has further enhanced the college's commitment to institutional planning and assessment, and has now placed her in the most exclusive of SUNY company.

"In bestowing its highest faculty honor, SUNY proudly recognizes the extraordinary achievements of these faculty and the positive impacts they have had on our great system of higher education as well as their colleagues and students," said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. "Their achievements are highly commendable and we thank them for their impeccable service to SUNY."

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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