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Three New Foundation Board Members Named Including Faculty Members Robert Carey and David Fullard

By Hope Ferguson, senior writer, Office of Communications and Government Relations

June 22, 2012

Robert CareyThe Empire State College Foundation has appointed three new members to its board of directors.

The new directors are Robert Carey, at left, a long-time faculty mentor, currently at the Metropolitan Center; David Fullard, a faculty mentor also with the college’s Metropolitan Center; and alumna Marian Conway ’01, ‘04.

Carey first came to Empire State College in 1973, and was the founder of the college’s Urban Studies Center in New York City (which was later absorbed into the Metropolitan Center). He created special programs with the Fashion Institute of Technology and with Solidaridad Humana on the Lower East side. Carey also served as associate dean of the Metropolitan Center, dean of the School for Graduate Studies and in 2006 became unit coordinator of the college’s Staten Island location.

Carey earned his Ph.D. in American history from Columbia University; his M.Div, S.T.M. from Union Theological Seminary and his bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University.

David Fullard

Fullard also was instrumental in founding a peer support group, the Black Male Initiative, at the Metropolitan Center, to help boost graduation rates for this group of students.

Fullard recently was honored as part of Monroe College’s black history observance with a Celebration of Excellence Award from the School of Criminal Justice and Office of Career Advancement. He established the David A. Fullard Opportunity Scholarship in 2011, in part, to honor his mother, aunt and grandmother, and also to help black male students with funds that will further enable them to complete degree programs at the college.

Marian ConwayMarian Conway ’01, ’04, at left, earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the college. She currently serves as executive director of the New York Community Bank Foundation in Roslyn. She works to fund worthy community groups such as the United Way, Habitat for Humanity and Pal-O-Mine, which assists disabled children by letting them ride and take care of horses. Funding from the foundation also has provided scholarships for most of the colleges on Long Island, including Empire State College. Conway is currently earning her Ph.D. from Walden University School of Public Policy in nonprofit management.

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Article Contributors
  • Danielle Benedict
  • Helen Edelman
  • Suzanne Hayes
  • Hope Ferguson
  • Pamela Malone
  • Ann Therese McCorkell
  • Vickie Moller
  • Jennifer Ward
  • Evelyn Wells
  • Betty Wilde-Biasiny