Michelle A. Mazzone and Dennis P. Murphy have been appointed by Erie County Executive Chris Collins as the newest members of the Erie Community College Board of Trustees. They will each serve for a seven-year term.
Mazzone is director of real estate for Erie County. She previously held positions at Ciminelli Development Company, Buffalo Enterprise Development Corporation and Ellicott Development Company.
She currently serves on the City of Buffalo Board of Parking and was a member of the SUNY strategic planning “Group of 200” that participated in statewide conversations to help shape the Power of SUNY: Strategic Plan 2010 and Beyond.
She has been named as one of Business First of Buffalo’s 40 under Forty honorees and received the ECC Distinguished Alumni Award in 2002.
Murphy is president and founder of InnVest Lodging Services, Inc. He previously held positions at ClubHouse Inns of America, TransAmerica/Innco Hotels, Inc., Mariner Hotel Real Estate Corporation and Marriott Corporation.
He currently serves as chair of the EPIC (Every Person Influences Children) board and is a member of the ECC Foundation Board, chairing the ECC Foundation’s Strategic Planning Committee.
Murphy was named The Buffalo News Citizen of the Year in 2004 and received the ECC Distinguished Alumni Award in 2007.
“Dennis and Michelle will fill important roles on the ECC Board of Trustees, and bring with them years of private sector business experience and a keen understanding of the college and its needs moving forward,” Erie County Executive Chris Collins said. “I am confident Dennis and Michelle will represent my administration’s desire to continue to work closely with President Quinn and provide ECC with much needed capital funding in the years ahead to update all three campus locations. These renovations will be critical to convincing more and more local community college students to choose ECC for their continuing education. I want to thank Michelle and Dennis for their willingness to serve and President Quinn for his leadership.”
“I would like to thank County Executive Collins for sending ECC two outstanding citizens to serve on our board of trustees,” ECC President Jack Quinn said. “At a time when ECC’s new strategic plan, Vision 2015, calls for more alumni participation at the college, the county executive selected two individuals who not only have attended ECC, but have been honored as distinguished alumni. Michelle’s extensive knowledge of facilities will help the college realize many of our goals for capital improvements. Dennis’ admirable record of volunteer service will bring an added strength to the college as we aim to meet the needs of the community.
With their tremendous records of service to our community, in addition to their extensive knowledge of the strategic planning process, Michelle and Dennis will undoubtedly help guide the college to an even stronger future,” Quinn said.
Erie Community College meets the needs of a diverse student body and contributes to regional economic vitality by providing excellent, flexible, affordable and accessible educational programs in a multi-campus environment committed to continuous improvement.