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Clarkson Professor Elected District Governor Of Rotary
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Potsdam, New York ─ Dr. Gregory A. Campbell, professor of chemical engineering at Clarkson University, has been elected district governor of Rotary International. In his one-year term, Campbell will provide leadership to the 65 Rotary clubs comprising District 7040, which spans most of northern New York and parts of Ontario and Quebec, Canada. He assumed the post of district governor July 1, 2005.
As district governor, Campbell will be guided by a District Leadership Plan, which directs him to form a leadership team at the onset of his tenure. With a team in place, Campbell will be able to delegate some time-consuming, yet vitally important tasks making possible faster and more responsive support, including official visits by him to each of the 65 clubs in the district. Shared administration also encourages Rotary members to consider leadership positions that were once thought far too overwhelming for one individual to undertake.
Says Campbell of his new role, “I plan to work collaboratively with other business and professional leaders united through Rotary, to build upon District 7040s exemplary service record in the local communities in which we work and reside.” While projects may vary from club to club, the district has been involved in numerous humanitarian efforts in the region including development and support of food pantries, meal delivery programs, poverty assistance, youth sports programs, highway cleanup and community beautification projects, programs that are designed for the handicapped, support for students through scholarships and educational outreach, and other worthwhile endeavors.
These longstanding projects and new community-level initiatives will continue under Campbell’s leadership and support. At the same time, his term will include a district-wide platform that not only addresses the unique needs of the region, but also utilizes his talents and expertise.
“As a Rotarian engaged in a business or profession, I am expected to consider my vocation to be another opportunity to serve,” says Campbell, referring to the Declaration of Rotarians in Business and Professions adopted by the Rotary International Council on Legislation in 1989 and the pledge each Rotary member takes as part of his or her involvement. This underlying expectation provides a direct and essential link between a Rotarian’s profession, employer and associates and their participation in the international service organization.
Campbell’s affiliation with Clarkson, as well as his combined teaching, research and personal interests, underscore his goal of promoting long-term sustainability with regard to the region’s environment and natural resources. This includes working with individual Rotary clubs to foster long-term solutions on district-wide commonalities, such as the importance of water quality and conservation. “We live in an area that is unsurpassed in terms of natural beauty and availability of water resources for multiple uses,” says Campbell of the North Country. “It is my hope that my year as district governor will not only heighten awareness to these assets, but encourage communities and individuals to conserve these assets with a balanced, sustainable approach,” he adds.
Campbell joined the faculty of Clarkson University in 1984 as an associate professor in the Chemical Engineering Department and was appointed to professor in 1996. He has since served Clarkson in a number of positions including chairman of the Chemical Engineering Department, chief information officer, and interim dean of engineering.
Rotarians are encouraged to attend the District 7040 conference being held at the Lake Placid Resort Hotel October 14 – 16. For reservations or more information about the conference go to: http://www.rotary7040.com/conference.
PHOTO CAPTION: Dr. Gregory A. Campbell, professor of chemical engineering at Clarkson University, was recently elected district governor of Rotary International, and beginning July 1 will provide leadership and support to 65 Rotary Clubs in northern New York and parts of Ontario and Quebec, Canada. Campbell is a member of the Potsdam Rotary Club.