Alumnus Takes City’s Top Seat in Oswego

Oswego’s New mayor has witnessed the city through the decades as a native son, college student and professional. Now Tom Gillen ’72 is eager to help move it into a new age.

Tom Gillen ’72 is Oswego’s new mayor.

Gillen won the Nov. 8 mayoral election 2,426 to 1,234, a margin of 2 to 1, against opponent William D. “Dave” White ’92.

“It’s a thrill and honor to be the mayor of this community,” Gillen said. “I’m happy that I can play a part in helping this community grow into the 21st century.”

Gillen grew up in Oswego and attended Oswego State in the 1960s, when the college experienced unprecedented growth.

Coming from a small community, Gillen believed that he held limited views until attending college.

“It opened my eyes to a lot of different people and ideas,” Gillen said.

Gillen graduated with an English degree and earned his teaching certificate, but instead went into sales and marketing, working for companies like AT&T and Apple. He left Oswego for a short period of time, but returned after the birth of his first daughter.

“I wanted my children to grow up like I did, in a traditional small city upbringing,” Gillen said.

After retiring, Gillen made the decision to run for mayor. He took office in January and will serve a four-year term. l

Erin Marulli ’13

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