Belmont College President Honored
Longest serving president, Dr. Joseph E. Bukowski, honored with reception.
St. Clairsville, OH (June 3, 2014) – In recognition of his 16 years of service to the College, the Belmont College Board of Trustees held a reception on Thursday, May 22 to honor President Dr. Joseph E. Bukowski. The event was held at the Main Campus location in St. Clairsville.
“This evening is a gathering of friends and associates who want to wish Dr. Bukowski well in his retirement,” said Mrs. Elizabeth Gates, Board of Trustees Chairperson. “We are also here to honor him for his achievements and accomplishments as President of Belmont College.”
Dr. Bukowski has served as president of Belmont College since 1998 and is the 6th and longest serving president. Dr. Bukowski announced his plans to retire at the January 2014 Board of Trustees meeting.
During the reception, Ms. Janet Jacobs, Belmont College Foundation Board Chairperson, presented Dr. Bukowski with a resolution announcing a permanent endowed scholarship in his honor that will be known as the Dr. Joseph E. Bukowski Presidential Scholarship.
When presenting the scholarship, Jacobs stated, “It is hard to believe the time has come for your retirement. It has been my pleasure to work with you during your time at Belmont College. You have accomplished so much and moved the College forward in so many ways.” She went on to say, “Thank you for leadership during the last 16 years. I wish you good health and happiness as you begin the next chapter of your life.”
Additionally in recognition of his dedication and commitment to Belmont College, Dr. Bukowski was awarded high honors from Belmont College Board of Trustees Chairperson, Mrs. Elizabeth Gates; he received the Heritage Tree Award and was named President Emeritus.
The Heritage Tree Award is presented to individuals who have helped to shape Belmont College through their leadership efforts and steadfast dedication. These individuals have provided leadership and they have helped shape Belmont College into the institution it is today.
“Dr. Bukowski was chosen to receive the Heritage Tree award in acknowledgement of his unique contributions and long history with Belmont College,” said Mrs. Elizabeth Gates, Board of Trustees Chairperson. “He is only the third president in the history of the College to be honored on the Heritage Tree. His name will be placed on the Heritage Tree alongside Dr. Paul Ohm and the College’s founding president, the late John J. Shannon.”
Additionally, the notable designation of President Emeritus was bestowed upon Dr. Bukowski.
“I will always cherish my time at Belmont,” Dr. Bukowski said. “Words cannot express how proud I am of the way this institution has grown during my presidency. The faculty and staff have been a tremendous asset to not only me but also the College overall. I expect that you will see nothing but continued success in the future.”
Prior to coming to then Belmont Technical College, Dr. Bukowski was the Provost of the Palm Beach Gardens Campus of Palm Beach State College. During his 16 year tenure, Bukowski led Belmont College through several transitions including: expanding course offerings in Monroe County, creating The Belmont College Foundation, gaining community college status, and changing the College name from Belmont Technical College to Belmont College.
Although Dr. Bukowski will retire before the Health Sciences Center is scheduled to be completed, he has made significant contributions to the new building. It was Dr. Bukowski’s vision for an expanded Belmont College campus that led to the purchase of the original 54 acres where the new Health Sciences Center will be built. In addition, he was instrumental in securing the former Polaris property; the additional purchase gave the College ownership of a tract of land that runs from State Route 331 to Hammond Road. He has not only helped to secure funding and donations, but has also been active in the design phase for the Health Sciences Center.
“Dr. Bukowski has served Belmont College well,” Mrs. Gates said. “His passion for a community college education has certainly helped to move Belmont College through the ranks to gain a solid reputation in this community.”
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