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July 19, 2006

Patricia Hill Williams Appointed to Farmingdale State College Council

Patricia Hill Williams
Patricia Hill Williams

Dr. Jonathan Gibralter, president of Farmingdale State University of New York, is pleased to announce that Patricia Hill Williams was appointed a member of the College Council on June 30. This appointment was made by Governor George Pataki and she will serve a term to expire on June 30, 2011.

Patricia Hill Williams has an extraordinary history of service to education and to the community.

Ms. Williams is an international development consultant, serves as treasurer of the Inter-American Board of Partners of the Americas, represented the Inter-American Foundation at the 4th World Conference on Women in Beijing, and also served on the African Development Foundation Advisory Board. As a Kellogg Fellow, she worked and studied in Latin America and the Caribbean. In addition, she currently serves as a non-governmental organizational representative to the United Nations and as a Suffolk County Human Rights Commissioner. She was a candidate in 2005 for the Suffolk County Legislature.

Ms. Williams was a member of the Farmingdale State community from1980-2004, retiring as the Vice President for External Affairs at Farmingdale State. She held a variety of positions, Director of Alumni Affairs, Director of Public Relations, and Assistant to the President for Affirmative Action & Government Relations, which attests to her versatility and value.

A resident of North Babylon, she has served with distinction on the following President Advisory Boards:

President Ronald Reagan on the Advisory Board for Women's Educational Programs
President George Bush on the Advisory Board for Historically Black Colleges and Universities
President William Clinton on the Inter-American Foundation
President George W. Bush on the Inter-American Foundation

She has received many honors including induction to the SUNYCUAD Hall of Fame, being named by SUNY as the 1999 Distinguished Alumna, and named Distinguished Alumna by SUNY College at Old Westbury. In 1999, she was named a Woman of Distinction by the NY State Senate. In 2002, she was named one of the Top 50 Women on Long Island by Long Island Business News. She has been listed in Who's Who Among American Women and Who's Who Among Black Americans. Her early career includes working as a high school English teacher, a reporter, editor and registered radiology technologist.

She earned a B.A. in from SUNY Old Westbury, a M.A. from NYIT, and a M.A. from Stony Brook University. In addition, she completed a professional certification in management development at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.