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Oct. 24, 2001
OSWEGO -- Gov. George Pataki has appointed Daniel A. Olson of Lyons to the SUNY Oswego College Council. His term extends to June 30, 2008.
Olson is an award-winning social studies teacher at Victor High School, where he has taught since 1979. He also teaches courses at Finger Lakes Community College.
Oswego College Council Chair Kerry Dorsey welcomed him at the group's October meeting. "I am very much looking forward to working with the College Council," Olson told his new colleagues.
Olson holds two master's degrees, one in sociology from Carleton University in Ottawa and one in social science education from Elmira College. He earned his bachelor's degree in secondary education from SUNY Plattsburgh.
He served as a Peace Corps volunteer instructor from 1973 to 1975 in the Cote D'Ivoire in West Africa.
He is a three-time winner of the University of Rochester Award for Excellence in Secondary School Teaching and was named "Teacher of the Year" in 1995 by the Wayne Finger Lakes Area Council for the Social Studies. Before joining the Victor High School faculty, he taught at Geneva Junior High School.
Olson lives on a working family farm in Lyons and is active in civic and community life. He has chaired the Wayne County Republican Committee since 1989 and is a member of the executive committee of the New York Republican State Committee. He was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1992.
Among his many community memberships are the Elks Lodge in Lyons, board of trustees of the Civil War Education Fund, Sons of the American Revolution, Victor PTA, Sullivan Policy Institute board of directors and Wayne County Historical Society.
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