November 12, 2013 – Dutchess Community College benefactors Charles E. Conklin and Bernard Handel were inducted into the State University of New York Chancellor’s Society last month at a reception in New York City.
Conklin and his wife fund the Charles E. and Mabel E. Conklin Scholarship for Academic Excellence, which provides two years of full tuition for any Dutchess County high school student who graduates in the top 10% of his or her class. This past year, 46 students were awarded the scholarship, and hundreds have benefited from the initiative since it began 20 years ago. The Conklins reside in Pleasant Valley.
Handel, a Poughkeepsie resident, is a longtime supporter of the College and a current member of the DCC Foundation board and has funded a faculty endowed chair and renovations to the staff dining room, among many other contributions to DCC. Each year at the DCC Foundation gala, Handel presents a community leadership award in his name to a recipient whose outstanding public service has benefited residents of Dutchess County. Handel also awards a $1,000 scholarship annually to a deserving DCC student in the leadership award recipient’s name.
The Chancellor’s Society was established to recognize philanthropy at the 64 SUNY campuses. Attending the reception with the honorees were DCC President D. David Conklin, Foundation Board Chair Jeffrey Smith and Foundation Executive Director Christine Kane. The event was hosted by SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher.