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Oct. 18, 2000
OSWEGO -- Oswego State will honor Bernie G. Henderson, a recently retired vice president of the college, with the Community Recognition Award on Nov. 8.
"Bernie Henderson epitomizes the ideal of college-community cooperation," President Deborah F. Stanley said. "During his years on campus, he was an active link to the community, successfully leading several local organizations and drawing them together with the college in a myriad of ways to benefit both the campus and community."
Henderson will be honored with a bench on the Community Recognition Walk around Glimmerglass Lagoon. It will be formally dedicated in a ceremony at Sheldon Hall at 5 p.m. The ceremony will be open to the public free of charge.
The dedication will be followed by a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets are available at a cost of $30 per person. Reservations should be made by Oct. 31 by calling 341-4139 or 312-4139.
It is the fourth time such an honor will be given. Former Oswego County Legislature Chairman Hollis J. Iselin was recognized in 1994. Former Fulton Mayor Muriel Allerton received the award in 1995. Former Oswego State President Stephen L. Weber and his wife, Susan Weber, were honored in 1996.
Henderson, a native of Mexico, has long been active in the Oswego community, serving as president of the Oswego County Historical Society, Lions Club of Oswego, Oswego Chamber of Commerce and International Credit Association.
He is a charter member and president for 27 years of the Oswego State Federal Credit Union and past treasurer of the Oswego State College Foundation.
He delivers meals through Meals on Wheels, serves as vice president and capital chair of the Salvation Army and is on the Advisory Board of Chase Manhattan Bank, among other services.
He worked at Oswego State from 1969 to 1999, moving up the ladder from account clerk to vice president for finance and budget. In that position, he was responsible for directing the financial affairs of the campus and creating the annual budget from all funds, amounting to $90 million.
Before joining the campus staff, he served in the U.S. Army, attaining the rank of captain.
Henderson has received the State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Administrative Service and the Oswego Chamber of Commerce's Boutwell Award for Outstanding Community Service to the Greater Oswego Community.
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