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Board of Trustees

The SUNY Orange Board of Trustees is comprised of 10 members who together govern the College. Five trustees are appointed by the Orange County Executive with the approval of the County Legislature, and four are assigned by the Governor of the State of New York. The tenth member is a student who is elected by the student body at large and maintains full voting rights. All trustees are appointed to seven-year terms, except for the student trustee who completes a one-year term.

The Board of Trustees follows a set of bylaws in order to provide fiduciary oversight of the College. The Board also approves all College policies, and has established committees to assist the Board in conducting its buisiness.

Members

Frederick A. Watson (Chair)

PHOTO: Frederick A. WatsonAppointed on November 29, 2013.  Frederick A. Watson is presently the president of Three Cities Management LLC (formally Watson Services, Inc.), an institutional food service management and consulting firm headquartered in Middletown, New York.  A certified food executive, certified food service director and a certified food service sanitation manager, Watson possesses more than 35 years of food management experience. Prior to establishing Three Cities Management, he was vice president of Ja-Ce Company, Inc., a New Jersey food service management company where he developed and implemented policies, procedures and budget forecasts for more than 50 school districts in central New Jersey. 

While at Ja-Ce Company, Watson was president of Jersey Associated Commercial Equipment, Inc., a Ja-Ce subsidiary. Additionally, Watson is a Certified ServSafe® Instructor and Registered

ServSafe Examination Proctor for the National Restaurant Association. He received his master’s degree in food service administration from New York University and his bachelor’s degree in dietetics and institutional management from Virginia State University. Watson recently served on the boards of Teamsters Local 445 Health, Welfare, Pension, Annuity and Training Funds, and has served on the Minority Business Enterprise Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc., the Industrial, Technical and Professional Employees-National Maritime Union/Marine Engineers Beneficial Association (ITPE-NMU/MEBA) Annual Benefit Fund, and as an alternate trustee of the ITPE-NMU/MEBA Health and Welfare Fund. Additionally, served as an adjunct professor at Long Island University-C.W. Post campus where he taught Food Service Management II to dietetic students for several years.

  • Appointed: 1/14/14
  • Term expires: 6/30/19
  • Hometown: Newburgh
  • County appointment

Margaret Murphy (Vice Chair)

Photo: Margaret MurphyRe-appointed September 23, 2010.  Sister Margaret Murphy served for seven years as Secretary to the Board and is currently the Vice Chair.  She is a Professor of Religious Studies at Mount Saint Mary College.  She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from St. John’s University and her Master’s in Pastoral Counseling from Iona College.  Sister Peg also holds a Master of Clinical Social Work Degree from Yeshiva University and a Doctorate of Ministry from Drew University.  She has received the Orange County Woman of Achievement Award, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Civil Rights Award and the New York State Senate Woman of Distinction Award.  Sister Peg was a Volunteer with the Parents Apart Program of the Orange County Mediation Project, and has also served as a Member of the Board of Trustees of Molloy College, Rockville Centre, N.Y.

  • Re-Appointed: 9/23/10
  • Term expires 6/30/17
  • Governor's appointment

 Thomas H. Hunter (Secretary)

PHOTO: Thomas HunterAppointed December 8, 2010.  Tom Hunter is the Vice-President and Senior Relationship Manager for the Income Property Group of Key Bank in Manhattan.   He is a life-long County resident, who grew up on a dairy farm in Blooming Grove, NY. Tom is a current member of the Urban Land Institute, New Jersey Apartment Association, Real Estate Finance Association of Connecticut, Apartment Association of Greater Philadelphia, New Jersey Future, New Jersey Mortgage Banker Association, the National Association of Office and Industrial Properties, and the Hamptonburgh Democratic Committee. He has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of Orange County United Way, Hudson Valley Better Business Bureau, and the Warwick Rotary Club. He has supported many local charities and organizations, and volunteered for numerous community service projects and youth sports programs. Tom earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology from Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., and an MBA from Pace University, Pleasantville, N.Y. He is an avid cyclist, golfer, skier and squash and tennis player. Tom and his wife Cathie live in Campbell Hall.

  • Appointed: 11/2/10
  • Term Expires: 6/30/17
  • Hometown: Campbell Hall
  • Governor's appointment

Florence Hannes

Florence HannesAppointed by Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus on May 18, 2018, Flo Hannes recently retired following 40 years as a professor and department chair (since 2001) in SUNY Orange’s Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program. Flo has served on numerous advisory boards and with many community organizations, including the SUNY Orange BRIDGES Advisory Board, the New York State Regents Board for Occupational Therapy, the Orange County Office for the Aging and the Orange County Mental Health Association. She is a resident of Salisbury Mills.

  • Appointed: 7/1/2018
  • Term expires: 6/30/2021
  • Hometown: Salisbury Mills
  • County appointment

Ralph Martucci, Jr.

Ralph MartucciAppointed by Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus on May 18, 2018, Ralph Martucci is a Finance Executive with more than 35 years of experience in financial management, operations and business development. A resident of the Town of Wawayanda, he is currently the Director of Business Development for M&R Energy Resources Corp. in New Windsor. Ralph was previously Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer for Alteva Inc., formerly WVT Communications. Prior to joining Alteva, he was Director of Corporate Business Operations for the Dow Jones Local Media Group. Ralph has previously served on the Board of Directors of the SUNY Orange Foundation, including a 10-year stint as Chairman. He was recently appointed Director Emeritus of the SUNY Orange Foundation, in recognition of his longtime service to organization. Ralph has served on the Board of Directors of the Orange County Chamber of Commerce since 1992 and currently serves as the Immediate Past Chair.

  • Appointed: 7/1/2018
  • Term expires: 6/30/2021
  • Hometown: Middletown
  • County appointment

William Vacca

William Vacca, a New Windsor resident with 52 years of banking experience, is Walden Savings Bank’s Vice President of Business Development, a post he's held since since 2013. He is responsible for assisting branch managers with existing clients and prospects and promoting bank products and services. He also works closely with new businesses as part of the bank’s Commercial Lending Team.

Vacca previously was Senior Vice President of Retail Banking at Sterling National Bank (1997-2013). He started his banking career in 1966 at Key Bank and worked there until 1997 when he left as Senior Vice President, Cash Management. Vacca serves on The Arc of Orange County’s Board Directors and on the Hudson Valley Food Bank’s Advisory Board. He is a past chairman of the boards of the Orange County Chamber of Commerce, the Orange County Partnership and the American Heart Association Heart Walk.

Full terms for SUNY Orange Trustees are typically seven years. Vacca, a SUNY Orange graduate, was appointed to a term that will expire on June 30, 2024.

  • Appointed: 1/14/19
  • Term expires: 6/30/24
  • Hometown: New Windsor
  • County appointment

Thomas Weddell

Thomas WeddellAppointed by Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus on May 18, 2018, Tom Weddell is a managing partner with RBT CPAs and has been with the firm for 40 years. His industry experience includes, but is not limited to, transportation, manufacturing, non-profit, and wholesale, retail, and distribution. Tom’s various community affiliations include serving as a founding member of the Orange County Community Foundation. He has also worked on the Board of Directors of Mid-Hudson Pattern for Progress and is currently serving on the board of directors for The Newburgh Armory Unity Center and the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor.

  • Appointed: 7/1/2018
  • Term expires: 6/30/2025
  • Hometown: Newburgh
  • County appointment

Wilfredo Soto (Student)

PHOTO: Will SotoSworn in on October 17, 2018, Will Soto will serve a one-year term as student trustee. Will is a business administration major who will represent the College’s more than 5,200 students at Board meetings and other selected College events. Born and raised in Beacon, Will graduated with high honors from Beacon High School. He is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society for students at two-year colleges, and is a regular on the College’s Dean’s List. He is a member of the Newburgh campus Student Senate, having served as treasurer since September 2017. He was a member of the Newburgh campus Business Club and has completed SUNY Orange’s “I am a Leader” program. He was also a voting delegate to the statewide SUNY Student Assembly during the 2017-18 academic year. Will is also a member of the Board of Directors of The Elena Eckert Memorial Scholarship Fund, named in honor of his brother-in-law’s mother. Following her death, the fund was established in order to support one annual scholarship to be given to a graduating senior from a Hudson Valley high school. The recipients must be children or grandchildren of: corrections and/or police officers, or current/former Armed Forces service members. Will has also completed volunteer community service projects for Safe Harbors of the Hudson and Common Ground Farm in Beacon.