SUNY Potsdam Professor Honored with U.S. Department of Defense Patriot Award


At center, SUNY Potsdam Department of Business Administration Chair Joe Timmerman is presented with the Department of Defense Patriot Award. For a full caption, please see the release.

The U.S. Department of Defense has recognized a SUNY Potsdam faculty member with the Patriot Award, and honored the College as a military-friendly employer.

Joe Timmerman, chair of the Department of Business Administration, was presented with the Department of Defense Patriot Award, in recognition of his strong support for members of the National Guard and Reserve.

Associate Professor of Business Administration Gregory Gardner, who is also a Colonel in the National Guard, nominated Timmerman for the award.

"I nominated Joe and SUNY Potsdam for this award in recognition of the great personal and institutional support I received during my last two deployments, and all the other times when military duties have caused me to be away. My colleagues have always had my back, covering classes and advising and providing moral support while I am away," Gardner said.

Col. William Murphy, the regional coordinator for the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve program, presented the Patriot Award to Timmerman in a special ceremony held on campus in December. The retired colonel also recognized the other members of the College's business administration department, who go above and beyond to support Gardner's service.

Following the ceremony, the group gathered for a photo. From left, they include: Military/Veteran Student Coordinator Patrick Massaro, Provost Margaret Madden, Assistant Professor Shalu Wunnava, department secretary Diane Billings, Assistant Professor Greg Gardner, Professor Anthony Betrus, department Chair Joe Timmerman, Colonel William Murphy, School of Education and Professional Studies Dean Peter Brouwer and Professor Ed Portugal.

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Founded in 1816, and located on the outskirts of the beautiful Adirondack Park, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America's first 50 colleges. SUNY Potsdam currently enrolls approximately 4,300 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its handcrafted education, challenging liberal arts and sciences core, excellence in teacher training and leadership in the performing and visual arts. Empowered by a culture of creativity, the campus community recently launched Take the Lead: The Campaign for Potsdam, which aims to raise $27 million by the College's bicentennial in 2016.