Michael C. Doherty '73
Mike C. Doherty '73 has served three four-year terms on the Hartwick Alumni Association Board of Directors, served at various times as Chair of the Homecoming, Nominating, and Alumni Awards Committees, and was class agent for over 20 years. He also participated in Hartwick’s MetroLink program in Washington, DC, and works with other members of the Washington alumni chapter. Mike has the longest continuous giving record of his class: 37 years.
Mike also is committed to protecting the environment, a field in which he has worked for nearly 32 years, since he became a wastewater treatment plant operator in Oneonta in July 1976. For most of his career he served either as a civilian environmental engineer or as a military sanitary engineer. As a government civilian employee, he was the Army Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Division’s Environmental Program Manager and prior to that worked at Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps as its Water Program Manager and its Environmental Projects Program Manager. He also worked for the Virginia State Water Control Board from 1989 through 1991, first in the Toxics Management Program and later as the Piedmont Regional Office Industrial Pretreatment Program Coordinator. In his 27- year career as a Reserve commissioned officer in the Army’s Medical Service Corps, Mike recently completed a three year active duty tour assigned to the U.S. Army Garrison, Walter Reed Army Medical Center. There he was the Director of Safety, Health, and Environment, overseeing the Installation Safety Office, the Garrison Environmental Office, and the Fire & Emergency Services Department.
While Mike appreciates the excellent education he received in biology from Hartwick, he believes he learned more about how to work with people. Much of that, he says, came from his extracurricular activities, such as serving as a student representative on the Pine Lake Commission, membership in Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and the Circle K Club, and working at WRHO. He believes the Hartwick community helps provide that handcrafted education that prepares a student to become a productive member of his or her various communities: work, church, neighborhood, professional society, and, in his case, fellow soldiers.
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