Anthony Russell, Marine Corps Veteran, will Bring Student Voice to Fundraising Efforts

PHOTO: Anthony RussellMIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – Anthony Russell, a Marine Corps veteran and resident of Monroe, has been appointed as the student representative to the SUNY Orange Foundation Board of Directors for the 2018-19 academic year.

The selection of Russell, currently studying liberal arts with a goal of earning dual degrees in radiologic technology and public health, was approved by the Board at its Sept. 17 meeting.

Russell graduated from Washingtonville High School and spent four years in the Marine Corps. He began his service as an infantryman but transitioned to become a small systems operator in the Corps’ Aircraft Wing. His service took him to Arizona, North Carolina, South Carolina, New Orleans, Japan and Puerto Rico.

Russell is a member of the SUNY Orange Honors program, serves on the Honors Advisory Board and is the senior peer mentor in the Honors Program, assisting other mentors and working with his fellow students. Russell has received the President’s Scholarship for Outstanding Academic Achievement. He resides in Monroe with his wife and three children, and is active as a volunteer for numerous organizations within the community.

“I am excited to work with Anthony during this academic year,” says Dawn Ansbro, executive director of the Foundation. “He is already a leader on campus and I know he will be a wonderful liaison between the Foundation and the SUNY Orange student community. Through him, I am confident that the Foundation will find new ways to connect and communicate with many more SUNY Orange students.”

For more information regarding the Foundation, contact Ansbro, executive director, at (845) 341-4337 or via email at

About the SUNY Orange Foundation:
A consistent fundraising leader among community college foundations in New York State, and nationally, the Foundation focuses on helping SUNY Orange to remain affordable and accessible to all students, through its extensive scholarship program. In addition to scholarships, the Foundation collaborates with the college to provide grants to foster academic excellence and innovation through the support of programs and capital projects. Over the past decade, the Foundation played a crucial role in funding the construction of Kaplan Hall on the Newburgh Campus, as well as the Rowley Center for Science and Engineering, the Gilman Center, and the Morrison Lab School on the Middletown campus.


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