AUBURN, NY – A statewide consortium of community college administrators honored a longtime Cayuga Community College administrator with a prestigious award this month for her years of leadership and advocacy.
Saluting her commitment to Cayuga, Trustees from the New York Community College (NYCCT) honored Cayuga Trustee, Dr. Linda Van Buskirk, with the Donald M. Mawhinney Jr. Trustee Leadership Award on November 5. The award recognizes administrators for their dedication to their local community college through advocacy, fundraising and professional contributions.
Van Buskirk said she was honored to receive the NYCCT award and was proud of the work she and other administrators do to support the College and its students.
“The public service and education are at the top of my values. I am deeply grateful for having had the opportunity to serve Cayuga Community College, which offers so many opportunities for success, ”she said.
A director of Cayuga since 2008, Dr. Van Buskirk served as Chairman of the Board from 2016-2018 and Vice-Chairman from 2014-2016 and 2018-2020. She served as Chair of the Governance and Director Planning Committee for 2019-2020 and is the current Chair of the NYCCT Government Relations Committee.
As administrator of Cayuga, Van Buskirk supported efforts to expand the college’s academic programs and community presence and advocated for the state to adjust its financial support for community colleges. She also organized advocacy training sessions for administrators from other institutions to support their efforts.
Cayuga President Dr. Brian Durant and Board Chair Marian Brown commended Van Buskirk for his commitment to Cayuga and his advocacy of community colleges.
“For nearly 15 years, Dr. Van Buskirk has been a tireless advocate for community colleges in New York City and an exemplary administrator in Cayuga. His leadership and support have been integral to our institution as we serve our students and surrounding communities, ”said Durant. “On behalf of Cayuga Community College, I congratulate Dr. Van Buskirk on receiving this exceptional award. She truly deserves this honor.
“We are delighted that our colleague, Dr. Linda Van Buskirk, has been recognized by the administrators of New York Community College. She has consistently advocated for increased support for community colleges as invaluable educational partners, ”said Brown. “Her work has not only benefited Cayuga Community College, but her training in advocacy for administrators at other institutions has benefited community colleges statewide.”
In addition to his service in Cayuga, Van Buskirk devoted his career to higher education. In 2016, she retired from Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, where she majored in academic and professional writing, gender, and communication.
In 1979, she received a PhD in English Literature from the University of New Mexico, where she had previously obtained a Master of Arts, also in English Literature. She previously obtained a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Utah.
NYCCT is a non-profit association made up of community college administrators. The consortium supports administrators as they advocate, develop and implement policies that impact community colleges. For more information, visit https://www.nycctrustees.org.
About Cayuga Community College
Founded in 1953, Cayuga Community College is one of 64 accredited institutions that make up the New York State University (SUNY) system. Cayuga provides open access and an affordable gateway to higher education, with courses and study programs offered on the Auburn and Fulton, NY campuses and online. Cayuga Community College provides a strong liberal arts foundation for further education and career preparation. The College also responds to the identified needs of the community through targeted training and personal enrichment programs. By supporting academic excellence in a supportive learning environment, the College, a prudent manager of human and fiscal resources, is a valuable asset to the development of our local, regional and global communities.