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Russ Heyman Elected Chairman of SUNY Sullivan Board of Trustees


Loch Sheldrake, NY (July 27, 2014) – At its annual reorganizational meeting held on Thursday, July 17, the SUNY Sullivan Board of Trustees elected member Russ Heyman of Mongaup Valley as its new chairman. Mr. Heyman succeeds Nicholas Speranza, who opted not to seek re-election, but who will continue to serve as a board member.

Mr. Heyman was appointed in 2008 to the SUNY Sullivan Board of Trustees by the Sullivan County Legislature. He is the immediate past chair of the SUNY Sullivan Dormitory Corporation and continues to serve on its board, and he serves on the boards of the Cooperative Federal Credit Union in Woodridge and New Hope Community in Loch Sheldrake.

Board member Lyman Holmes of Wurtsboro was elected Vice Chair, Steven Drobysh of Monticello will continue to serve as Treasurer, and Larysa Dyrszka of Bethel will serve another term as Secretary.

Mr. Heyman moved to the area 22 years ago and owns Misner Benefits in Woodbourne, which focuses on insurance and employee benefits. He lives on the shores of Swinging Bridge Reservoir and has a daughter, Elise, who will be 10 in August.  Mr. Heyman received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from SUNY Albany in 1990.

“Many thanks to Nick Speranza for his service as chair,” Mr. Heyman said. “During Nick’s tenure as chair SUNY Sullivan conducted a national search for our current president, we went through a rigorous reaccreditation process and completed a successful strategic planning process.” 

As far as his own goals as chair, Mr. Heyman said, “SUNY Sullivan is an extraordinary organization within our community. I plan to work diligently to balance the needs and best interests of the students, the faculty and staff and the community in a fair, dignified, and unbiased manner.”