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Clarkson, Funess And Meier Elected To Clarkson University Board Of Trustees
POTSDAM, N.Y. -- Bayard D. Clarkson Jr. M.D., Richard Funess, and Senator Raymond A. Meier have been elected to the Clarkson University Board of Trustees.
Bayard D. Clarkson Jr. M.D. of Chestnut Hill, Mass., has been a psychiatrist in private practice since 1987. Clarkson’s practice includes individual psychotherapy and psychoanalysis with adults and children, child psychiatry consultation and evaluation, adult and pediatric psychopharmacology, as well as couples and family treatment. In addition to private practice, Clarkson has served as an instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School since 1989, and at Boston University School of Medicine from 1993-94.
Previously, he was a consulting psychiatrist at Wayside Beaverbrook Counseling Center in Waltham, Mass., from 1995-98; consulting psychiatrist at Brighton-Allston Mental Health Center in Brighton, Mass., from 1995-97; director of adolescent services at Westwood Lake Hospital in Westwood, Mass., from 1990-95; and assistant director for adolescent services at Westwood from 1989-90.
Clarkson earned his bachelor of arts degree from Harvard University in 1977, graduating cum laude with a concentration in English and American literature and language. He was a research student at the London School of Economics and Political Science from 1978-79. In 1983, he earned an M.D. from the Boston University School of Medicine. Currently, he is a candidate at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute.
Clarkson is a member of the American Psychiatry Association, the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the New England Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and an affiliate member of the American Psychoanalytic Association.
Richard Funess of Pelham Manor, N.Y., is managing director of the public relations firm Ruder-Finn/Americas. Funess joined Ruder-Finn/Americas in 1996 after 13 years with Manning, Selvage & Lee (MS&L) public relations, where he rose to the position of president. Previously, he was managing director of MS&L’s Los Angeles office. In addition to his administrative duties, which involve expanding Ruder-Finn business throughout the Americas, Funess continues to be involved in news business development and strategic counseling on numerous agency accounts.
Funess has more than 20 years of public relations agency experience, specializing in the creation of specialized account teams to service clients in business and industry. Over the years, his strategic leadership on such accounts as IBM Research; Lycos; Volkswagen; Subaru/USA; Women.com; CBS’s iWon.com and the Barbados Tourism Authority has helped each of those clients to heighten their awareness and remain leaders in their fields of endeavor. His career move into public relations evolved after seven years in the broadcasting industry, with ABC and RKO Television in advertising and public relations.
Richard Funess received his B.A. degree in radio/television-broadcast/journalism from the University of Washington. He is a member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and has served on the board of directors of PRSA/Los Angeles. He is the recipient of two Silver Anvil Awards from PRSA for his management role on the California Department of Transportation public affairs business.
Funess serves as a member of the executive committee of Ruder-Finn. He is on the board of directors of the International Myeloma Foundation and a board member of SBTV in New York. In addition, he has taught “High Tech” public relations at UCLA Extension in Los Angeles. He resides in Pelham Manor, N.Y., with his wife, Marijane, and their three children.
Raymond A. Meier of Western, N.Y., is a member of the New York State Senate. Meier is in his second term as state senator, having won re-election in 1998. He represents the 47th District, which encompasses all of Lewis County and parts of Herkimer, Oneida and St. Lawrence Counties. Meier is chairman of the Senate Social Services Committee and also serves on the following committees: Codes; Crime Victims, Crime and Corrections; Energy and Telecommunications; Higher Education; Housing, Construction and Community Development; Judiciary; Racing, Gaming and Wagering; Social Services, and Transportation.
Among his most recent accomplishments, Meier sponsored bills --which became law in 1999—to make it easier for the working poor to receive child care subsidies while they work, and for people to own a car while on assistance and seeking a job. He also sponsored the “innocent spouse” law, which also took effect last year. The law protects citizens from liability for tax bills incurred by an unscrupulous spouse.
Meier was Oneida County Executive from 1991-96, during which time he proposed six straight budgets, eliminated a $9 million deficit and built a $13 million balance. Meier was also part of a team that saved Rome Laboratory from closure and began development of the Griffiss Business and Technology Park in Rome. While county executive, he was a member of the board of directors and first vice president of the New York State Association of Counties. In 1994, he was on the transition team of incoming Governor George E. Pataki.
Meier was an Oneida County Legislator from 1986-91; Corporation Counsel for the City of Rome from 1980-83; legislative counsel to his political mentor, the late Senator James H. Donovan, from 1978-80; and Deputy Onondaga County Attorney from 1977-78.
Meier is of counsel with the Utica law firm of Siegel, Hester, Saunders, Kahler and Manion. He was a partner in the Rome law firm of McMahon and Grow from 1983-91, and an associate in the law offices of Paul A. Worlock form 1977-83.
Meier was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserves in 1974 and served until 1985.
Raymond A. Meier, son of Alfred and Irene Meier was born October 23, 1952 in Rome, N.Y., and is a graduate of Rome Free Academy. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science and a Juris Doctor degree from Syracuse University. Meier also holds an honorary Doctorate of Human Letters degree from Lynn University, and received the 1999 Distinguished Service Award from the State University Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome.
Senator Meier resides in Western with his wife, Kimberly Davis Meier.
Clarkson University is an independent institution located in northern New York, in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains. The University has 2,902 graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in programs in its schools of Business, Engineering, Liberal Arts, and Science, and its Interdisciplinary Engineering and Management program.