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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 10, 2017


Kowal re-elected as UUP President


Representatives to United University Professions Spring 2017 Delegate Assembly have re-elected Fred Kowal to a third term as UUP president. Kowal, of Warnerville NY, is a professor of political science and Native American studies at SUNY Cobleskill.

Jeriluanne O’Bryan-Losee of Sherburne, Director of Science and Technology Programs (CSTEP & STEP) at SUNY Morrisville, was elected to her first term to the newly combined position of statewide secretary-treasurer. Thomas Hoey of Albany, a senior programmer/analyst at UAlbany, was elected to his first full term as UUP’s Membership Development Officer. Hoey has served in the position since February 2016, when he was elected to fill a vacancy.

Tom Tucker of Amherst, scene shop supervisor at The Center for the Arts at the University at Buffalo, was elected as UUP’s Vice President for Professionals to fill the unexpired term of Philippe Abraham, who was elected as a NYSUT vice president in April.

The following four members were re-elected to three-year terms on UUP’s Executive Board:

      • Pamela Malone of Wilton, director of student accounts at Empire State College in Saratoga Springs and president of UUP’s Empire State College chapter;
      • Darleyne Mayers of Freeport, an Educational Opportunity Center administrator at SUNY Farmingdale;
      • Laura Rhoads of Potsdam, a professor of cell physiology at SUNY Potsdam and president of UUP’s Potsdam chapter; and
      • Beth Wilson of Rosendale, a lecturer in art history at SUNY New Paltz and president of UUP’s New Paltz chapter.

Newly elected to three-year terms on UUP’s Executive Board were:

      • Rebecca Bryan of Cortlandville, an assistant professor of physical education at SUNY Cortland;
      • Patrick Romain of Schenectady, a senior academic advisor and Educational Opportunity Program counselor at SUNY Albany;
      • Richard Veenstra of Fayetteville, a professor of pharmacology, cell and developmental biology at SUNY Upstate Medical University; and
      • Weston Kennison of Geneseo, a lecturer of Latin and humanities and faculty fellow for international programs at SUNY Geneseo, and president of UUP’s Geneseo chapter.

Thomas Melendy of Getzville, an associate professor of Microbiology & Immunology, and Biochemistry at SUNY Buffalo Health Sciences Center, was elected to a one-year Executive Board term.

Photos of the officers and Executive Board members are available upon request.


UUP is the nation's largest higher education union, with more than 42,000 academic and professional faculty and retirees. UUP members work at 29 New York state-operated campuses, including SUNY’s public teaching hospitals and health science centers in Brooklyn, Long Island and Syracuse. It is an affiliate of NYSUT, the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association, and the AFL-CIO.

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