September 29, 2015 – Thomas E. LeGrand of Rhinebeck, chair of the Dutchess Community College Board of
Trustees, has received the Donald M. Mawhinney, Jr. Trustee Leadership Award from
the New York Community College Trustees (NYCCT). He accepted the award in Cooperstown
The honor is given to a trustee who has demonstrated a significant commitment to the
community college mission through exceptional leadership, inspired vision and outstanding
professional contributions in support of their campus.
LeGrand has served on the DCC Board of Trustees for almost 20 years – the last decade
as chair. He has helped lead the College through several major initiatives during
his tenure, such as the building of the Washington Center for Science and Art, the
planning and construction of the College’s first residence hall and the search process
for a new college president.
In addition to his work as DCC Board chair, LeGrand currently serves on the Dutchess
County Resource Recovery Authority and the Dutchess County Water and Wastewater Authority.
He is a past board chair of the Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation and
is past president of the Rhinebeck Chamber of Commerce. He also has served on boards
for the Rhinebeck Performing Arts Center and the Brookmeade Nursing Home. He is a
past recipient of the Poughkeepsie Journal Business Person of the Year Award and earned
the 2008 Marist College President’s Award for Promoting Higher Education in Dutchess
The New York Community College Trustees (NYCCT) is a voluntary nonprofit consortium
of community college trustees established to strengthen the effectiveness of New York
community college trustees as an active force in the development and implementation
of public policy impacting community colleges.