Hartwick College Citizens Board Names Susan R. Hughson Citizen of the Year

May 19, 2010

Hartwick College is pleased to announce that Susan R. Hughson, a long-time friend of the College and the Oneonta community, has been named the Hartwick College Citizens Board Outstanding Citizen of the Year. Hughson will be honored during the Board's sixth annual benefit gala, "A Lakeside Evening," on June 4, 2010.

"Susan is a great friend to the College and the community." said Hartwick President Dr. Margaret L. Drugovich. "Her service to Hartwick and a long list of area organizations places her in the rare company of those who understand the deeply interdependent nature of a true 'community.' I am delighted that the Citizens Board has chosen to recognize Susan as the Hartwick College Outstanding Citizen of the Year."

Susan R. Hughson is a graduate of the Bugbee School, Oneonta High School, and, in 1957, Mount Holyoke College with a B.A. in chemistry. For 30 years, she worked as an adjunct professor in chemistry at SUNY Oneonta, while devoting much of her free time to the Hartwick and Oneonta communities. Hughson served on Hartwick College's Board of Trustees for 18 years, and was an officer of the College's Citizens Board from 1987-90. Hughson has had no less an impact beyond academia.

Long an active member of the League of Women Voters of the Oneonta area, she served as both its president and voter service chair. She also worked as voter service chair and vice president of the League of Women Voters of New York State. Hughson was the first woman invited to become director of the Future For Oneonta Foundation, and later served as its president. She has been a member of the Family Services Association Board of Directors for 36 years. Not content to stop with that long record of service, Hughson has been active with or served in a leadership capacity with the Oneonta Concert Association, A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital Board of Directors, Oneonta Clothing Guild, Catskill Area Hospice & Palliative Care, Jaycees, Oneonta's 1976 Bicentennial Commission, and the Oneonta Intergovernmental Taskforce studying the possibilities for greater cooperation between the city and town of Oneonta. She was president of the Mount Holyoke Class of 1957 from 1990-97.

In the midst of her community commitment, Hughson raised two sons, Fred and Bill. Today, she is grandmother to four.

Founded in 1954, the Hartwick College Citizens Board is a group of area businesspeople and community members that promotes Hartwick College and raises funds in support of its students and programs. The Board established the Citizen of the Year award in 1980 to recognize an area resident who exemplifies the mission of the Board: to act as an advocate for Hartwick and to affirm the mutually beneficial relationship between the College and the greater Oneonta community. Madolyn Palmer was named Outstanding Citizen of the Year in 2009, and Brian and Josie Wright and Geoff and Linda Smith received the honor in 2008 and 2007, respectively. Jim and Karen Elting received the award in 2006.

The Hartwick College Citizens Board will host the sixth annual benefit gala, "A Lakeside Evening," on Friday, June 4, 2010. Highlighting elements of Pine Lake, Hartwick's environmental campus, the evening will begin with a cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m. in Stack Lounge in Dewar Union followed by dinner and dancing. Country club casual attire is required for the dinner and dancing event. Music will be provided by Just Throw Money. All proceeds from the Gala will benefit the Hartwick Fund.

Hartwick College has benefited from the financial support and involvement of the community for more than 75 years. The Hartwick Fund provides the strength and flexibility necessary for maintaining the programs and services that make the College so special. Gifts to the Hartwick Fund support financial aid and scholarships, study-abroad opportunities, attracting and retaining first-rate faculty, student-faculty research, Pine Lake Environmental Campus, student services and activities, library and research materials , athletics, academic and internship programs, among others.

"Proceeds from the Gala will support the Hartwick Fund, which has a substantial impact on the unique experience Hartwick offers its students every day," said Alicia Fish '91, director of donor relations and staff advisor to the Citizens Board.

The cost to attend the benefit event is $125 per person. For more information or to make a reservation, contact Marianne Poteet at 607-431-4013 or

Wilber National Bank is the lead sponsor for "A Lakeside Evening."

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