As part of its Spring Honors and Awards Ceremony Tuesday, April 10, the university will recognize 52 employees who are marking employment anniversaries or who are retiring.
During the employee recognition portion of the ceremony, individuals with 10 years of service and up will be recognized, with those reaching 25 years of service and retirees receiving special recognition.
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Joseph E. Zimmer, Ph.D., will be honored for 25 years of service. Zimmer taught in the school of Education for 22 years prior to being named the university’s chief academic officer.
Appointed as assistant professor in 1992 and associate professor in 2007, Zimmer also served as assistant education dean from 2001-2003.
In 1996-97 he was an assistant professor of English at Grand Valley State University and returned to SBU in fall 1997. He served as director of the M.S.Ed. literacy programs from 1998-2011, director of the university’s Reading Center from 1997-2012, and was National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) coordinator from 2003-2011. Zimmer also was chair of the Faculty Senate from 2000-2005.
Zimmer was named interim dean of the School of Education in August 2011 and appointed permanent dean in April 2012.
From 2008 until 2017, Zimmer served in the university-wide role as accreditation liaison officer for Middle States Regional Accreditation. The most recent Middle States accreditation process concluded with very positive affirmation of the university’s programs and activities.
Off campus, Zimmer is a co-author of a $3 million grant to promote early reading programs in the Olean City School District. He has served on the editorial boards of the international journal The Reading Teacher, and the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy. He is the author of numerous publications in the field of reading.
Zimmer has served as president of the Allegany-Limestone Central School District Board of Education since 2011 and is also a clarinetist in the Allegany Alumni and Friends Band.
Prior to his service at St. Bonaventure, he was the reading/writing coordinator of the Thomas Edwards Learning Center at the University at Buffalo.
Zimmer earned his bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in teacher education, master of education degree in English education, and doctorate in reading education from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Other employees who will mark milestones are:
Retirees: Robert Amico (Philosophy), Lynn Brown (Business Office), Ann “Nancy” Casey (Undergraduate Teacher Education), Dalton Hunkins (Computer Science), Anthony Murphy (Philosophy), Patrick Panzarella (English), Patricia Riehle (School of Education), Karen Robbins (History), Carol Wittmeyer (Management), Craig Zuckerman (Counselor Education)
40 years of service: Robin Hurlburt (Facilities) and James Peace (Campus Mail Services)
35 years of service: Darwin King (Accounting)
30 years of service: Stephen Campbell (Athletics), Lauren Matz (English), James Miller (Biology)
20 years of service: Paul Brawdy (Physical Education), Rob DeFazio (Residence Life), Sharon Godfrey (Arts & Sciences), Nichole Gonzalez (Student Affairs), Christopher Heil (Facilities), Ann Lehman (Academic Affairs), David Levine (Computer Science), Phillip Payne (History), Kevin Vogel (Biology)
15 years of service: Susan Anderson (University Advancement), Fr. David Blake, O.F.M. (Sociology), Fr. Michael Calabria, O.F.M. (Arab & Islamic Studies), Suzzane Ciesla (School of Health Professions), Karen France (University Advancement), Jean Francois Godet-Calogeras (Theology and Franciscan Studies), Christopher Hill (Mathematics), Guy Imhoff (Clare College), Michael Kasperski (Accounting), Darryl Mayeaux (Psychology), Carole McNall (School of Communication), Nina Peterson (HEOP)
10 years of service: Tami Attwell (Library), Martin Blind (University Advancement), Peter Cavana (Facilities), Kitty Dubreuil (Visual & Performing Arts), Joshua Dwaileebe (Facilities), Kaplan Harris (English), David Hilmey (Arts & Sciences), Mark Inman (Institutional Research), Timothy Olkosky (Facilities), Matthew Pappano (Athletics), Cynthia Proctor (Student Affairs), Alan Riddle (University Advancement), Nancy Taylor (Finance & Administration), Victoria Thompson (Technology Services)
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