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The Telegram
  • MVCC trustees elect Mathis as chair

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  • At its Aug. 19 meeting, the Mohawk Valley Community College Board of Trustees voted unanimously to elect Trustee David Mathis as chair and Trustee Peter Rayhill as vice chair.
    Collectively, Mathis and Rayhill have served more than 40 years on MVCC’s board.
    Their new roles will take effect with the board’s September meeting.
    The board also recognized outgoing Chair Elaine Falvo for 25 years of service as an MVCC trustee. Falvo has served twice as chair and twice as vice chair and will continue as a gubernatorial appointment to the board.
    Mathis has served the past three years as vice chair, his second stint in that role; he has also chaired the board twice. He has been a member of the board since 1977, initially appointed by former Oneida County Executive William Bryant. Four successive county executives have reappointed him in 1981, 1990, 1999 and 2008.
    Mathis is a graduate of the MVCC Class of 1970 with a degree in retail business management. He served more than a decade as president of the MVCC Alumni Association, and is chair of its board of directors. He has also served as chair of the MVCC Dormitory Corporation. Mathis has served as vice-president of the MVCC Foundation and as a member of the foundation board of directors.
    Mathis received the MVCC Alumni of Merit Award in 1990, and he was among the first to be inducted into the MVCC Hall of Fame in 1996.
    Mathis, who is the director of the Oneida County Office of Workforce Development, earned a bachelor of science from Utica College in business and economics, and has done graduate work at SUNYIT and Utica College.
    He is a Utica resident.
    Rayhill joined the Mohawk Valley Community College Board of Trustees in December 2007.
    As a long-standing member of the New York State Bar Association, Rayhill has been associated with the Oneida County Bar Association since 1990 and served as its president in 1995.
    Prior to being with Kernan and Kernan, Rayhill was a managing partner with Rayhill, Bankert and Rayhill; an associate with Evans, Severn, Bankert and Peet; and an associate with the New York City firm of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley and McCoy. Rayhill has a history of community service as a member of the board of directors for the Legal Aid Society of Mid-York along with being on the Oneida County Environmental Management and Water Quality Council.
    In addition to his board of trustees service, Rayhill has served MVCC’s Foundation Board of Directors since 2008 and chaired the Dormitory Corporation Board of Directors from 2009 to present.
    Rayhill was nominated for MVCC’s Board of Trustees by Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente, Jr.
    Rayhill is a graduate of Bowdoin College and the University of Virginia’s School of Law.

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