Foundation Elects Board Members

Two new and three returning members were elected to the College at Oneonta Foundation Board of Directors on Oct. 20.

New to the board are Dean Davis ’84, of Naples, Fla., and Burton Relethford ’09, of Medford, N.Y. Both were elected to four-year terms beginning in January 2017.

Davis is a retired educator from Florida Gulf Coast University, serving the institution as an instructor of communications and director of communication internships. After his retirement from FGCU, he opened Summoning Success LLC, a life and corporate coaching business focused on helping high-level corporate executives achieve greater levels of company productivity and employee success. Davis earned a bachelor’s degree in speech communication at SUNY Oneonta and a master’s at New York University. Through his gifts to SUNY Oneonta, he is endowing the Dean A. Davis ’84 and John P. Argueso Scholarship for students with financial need. He is also a Netzer Planned Giving Society member.

Relethford is the assistant vice president of Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Suffolk County, N.Y. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business economics at SUNY Oneonta and an MBA from Fordham Graduate School of Business. He served the Alumni Association Board of Directors as a director from 2012-2016 and as its president from 2014-2016. He now serves as past-president for the 2016-2017 term. Relethford has been very active with the SUNY Oneonta community, returning to campus for the Distinguished Alumni Visit series, hosting SUNY Oneonta students through the Backpacks to Briefcases program, and attending numerous Office of Alumni Engagement receptions as a board and college representative.

Re-elected to the Foundation Board of Directors for a second four-year term were Jerry Bermingham ’83 of Mamaroneck; Reggie Knight ’74 of Fly Creek and Bill Vining ’81 of Laurens. Bermingham is the executive vice president of National Reality and Development. Knight is the vice president of medical affairs of A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital. Vining is a professor and chair of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department at SUNY Oneonta.