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Sept. 27, 2000
OSWEGO -- Gov. George Pataki has named three new members to the Oswego State College Council: Jane H. Backus of Mexico, William A. Barclay of Pulaski and Bernie G. Henderson of Oswego.
Henderson and Barclay will fill the expired terms of Joan FitzGibbons and Monsignor Francis J. Furfaro. Backus will fill the unexpired term of Helen Chetney.
"The new members bring a wealth of experience and commitment to the College Council," said Kerry Dorsey, chair. "Will Barclay carries on a family tradition. His grandmother and mother both served on the council. Jane Backus is a high school teacher committed to educating today's youth. And Bernie Henderson has three decades of service to Oswego State and the local community to inform our decisions."
Oswego State President Deborah F. Stanley welcomed the new members. "It is a pleasure to have three community members join the council with their distinguished records of community service and interest in education. I look forward to working with them."
Backus has been a resident of Oswego County since 1983 and a teacher since 1977. She has taught secondary English at Mexico Academy and Central Schools since 1989, and serves as co-adviser of the Mexico chapter of the National Honor Society.
She is president of the Dollars for Scholars of Mexico, New Haven and Palermo, an organization that raises funds for college scholarships to local students. She is an active member of St. Mary Star of the Sea Church in Mexico, where she is a teacher, lector and Eucharistic minister.
Backus said she welcomed the opportunity to serve on the College Council in part because of the many hats she wears, as a community member, volunteer and teacher.
"I deal with high school seniors, and the more I know about the college in our own backyard, it will help me help students know what college is all about," she said.
Barclay is an attorney in the business services department of Hiscock and Barclay, a Syracuse law firm. He is admitted to the New York State Bar and has been a member of the firm for a year. Before that he was an attorney with Bond, Schoeneck and King and law clerk with the Hon. Roger J. Miner of the U.S. Court of Appeals second circuit.
A member of the bar associations of the state and Onondaga and Oswego counties, he is a board member of Panthus Corp., a diversified holding company and QMP Enterprises, a printing and manufacturing company. In 1989, Barclay was an intern in the White House Office of Political Affairs.
He is a member of the board of directors and executive committee of the Friends of Burnet Park Zoo, chair of the St. Lawrence University GOLD Society and class agent for the Taft School.
Barclay said serving on the council has a special interest for him, both because of his family's history of service to the university and the fact that he grew up in the area. He said that he thinks Oswego State is a "great school" and that he has noticed a change. "In recent years, it seems like it is much more of a regional, if not a national, school than it has been in the past," he said.
He said he hopes to add to the council his own special perspective as both a young person -- he's 31 -- and an attorney.
Henderson, a native of Mexico, worked at Oswego State from 1969 to 1999, moving up the ladder from account clerk to vice president for finance and budget. In that position, he was responsible for directing the financial affairs of the campus and creating the annual budget from all funds, amounting to $90 million.
Before joining the campus staff, he served in the U.S. Army, attaining the rank of captain.
He has been active in the Oswego community, serving as president of the Oswego County Historical Society, Lions Club of Oswego, Oswego Chamber of Commerce and International Credit Association. He is a charter member and president for 27 years of the Oswego State Federal Credit Union and past treasurer of the Oswego State College Foundation.
He delivers meals through Meals on Wheels, serves as vice president and capital chair of the Salvation Army and is on the Advisory Board of Chase Manhattan Bank, among other services.
He received the State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Administrative Service and the Oswego Chamber of Commerce's Boutwell Award for Outstanding Community Service to the Greater Oswego Community.
Saying he was "certainly humbled and honored to be asked to serve," Henderson said he was looking forward to working with the other members of the council. "I have affection for the college and want to help in any way I can to spread the word about the good things it does," he said.
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