PLATTSBURGH — Plattsburgh City Supervisor and SUNY Plattsburgh graduate Michael Cashman has been named to the board of SUNY Plattsburgh College.
Cashman, who earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from SUNY Plattsburgh in 2003 and 2006, respectively, served two terms as president of the Student Association as an undergraduate and graduate student, said devoted more than 1,000 hours to community service and was awarded the title of President’s Volunteer. Service prices.
“He is a strong advocate for the college,” SUNY Plattsburgh President Alexander Enyedi said in a press release.
“I look forward to him joining the council. I know we will benefit from his perspective and his cardinal passion in the years to come.
Originally from Massachusetts, Cashman fell in love with the North Country the moment he arrived at SUNY Plattsburgh. He’s lived here ever since, marrying his college sweetheart, Olivia Busuttil Cashman, in 2005 on the steps of Hawkins Hall, where the couple met as freshmen.
FOUNDATION OF SUCCESS
Cashman, 41, credits the TRIO Student Support Services program with giving him a foundation for success: Cashman was both a first-generation college student and a dyslexic.
“I am extremely proud of what our alma mater is doing to enrich the lives of students inside and outside the classroom,” he said.
“My own success is the product of strong academic programs, lifelong mentors, the amazing TRIO-SSS program, and my participation in curricular experiences like the Student Union.”
Cashman joined the college staff after graduation, first as a graduate assistant and coordinator of the Cardinal Connections program, then as assistant director of alumni affairs for student/alumni programs. He then moved to student affairs where he served as coordinator of student activities and later led the HELP project as deputy director of the Center for Student Engagement.
He also received a Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service.
PROUD PAST, STRONG FUTURE
In addition to his many honors and awards during his tenure at SUNY Plattsburgh, Cashman was also active and cited for many years of off-campus service, including serving as Chairman of the New York State Commission on the national and community service.
Earlier this month, Cashman received the Cheryl M. Hogle Distinguished Service Award from the National Leadership Honor Society Omicron Delta Kappa. Hogle was the retired Dean of Students at SUNY Plattsburgh and the college’s Executive Director of Auxiliary Services, who died in April 2019. She served as the first female president of the ODK National Chapter.
He successfully ran for the city of Plattsburgh in 2015 and was re-elected four years later.
His appointment to the College Council by Governor Kathy Hochul is effective immediately until June 30, 2024.
“It’s humbling to be nominated by Governor Hochul to serve,” Cashman said.
“I look forward to working alongside other board members to challenge and support the institution in embracing our motto ‘A proud past and a strong future.’