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05-26-2010

Judith J. Foster Elected Trustee of Clarkson University

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Judith J. Foster of Clayton, N.Y., has been elected to Clarkson University’s Board of Trustees. She will serve on the Physical Plant, Institutional Advancement and Academic Affairs committees. Mrs. Foster is the wife of the late Everett G. Foster, who served as the Chair of the Clarkson Board of Trustees until he died in February. Judith J. Foster Elected Trustee

"Rett and Judy Foster were equal partners in their commitment to a vibrant North Country, to the future of its young people and to Clarkson University," said Clarkson President Tony Collins. "She has been an integral part of our evolution to excellence. We are honored that she accepted the Board’s nomination to complete Rett’s term and that we will continue to benefit from her wise counsel for years to come."

Mrs. Foster, a graduate of Smith College, has an extensive background in volunteer boards and governance issues. Foster was the first woman to serve as Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Samaritan Medical Center. She began her service on the board in 1972 and was appointed Chairwoman in 1991. She continues to serve as a member of the board and has taken her health care advocacy to the state level where she serves as a member of the Health Care Trustees of New York State.

She was also instrumental in establishing the Samaritan Medical Center Foundation and served as Chairwoman of its board of directors. Foster received the 1993 Israel A. Shapiro Citizen of the Year Award from the Greater Watertown Chamber of Commerce for her accomplishments as Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Samaritan. Clarkson is expanding programs in health sciences, such as the addition of the Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree under development now, where Mrs. Foster’s expertise will be invaluable.

Mrs. Foster also has a long history of supporting educational endeavors and currently serves on the Board of the Northern New York Community Foundation, which provides numerous scholarship and educational program grants throughout the region. She is also a trustee of the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, N.Y. In 1994, she was honored by St. Lawrence University with the North Country Citation for her community involvement.

Mrs. Foster has also served as a founding member of the Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization, president of the nonprofit Bugbee Housing Development Co., and on the Thousand Islands State Park, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commission. She managed a capital campaign and renovation project at the YMCA and helped start its School Age Child Care Program, and created the Governor Flower Society of the United Way of Jefferson County.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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