SUNY Erie Community College Appoints New Board Chair, Officers
SUNY Erie Community College (SUNY Erie) has announced the
appointment of Ms. Danise C. Wilson, MPH, as Chairperson of its Board of Trustees
through 2022. Wilson, who joined the SUNY Erie board in 2015, succeeds Leonard
Lenihan, who has served as Chairman since 2018.
“It is an honor to accept the Chairperson’s role for the
Board of Trustees at SUNY Erie,” said Wilson. “I am incredibly grateful to outgoing
Chairman Lenihan for his stewardship on behalf of our students and I look
forward to working with the entire Board and the College’s Administration as we
continue to expand our services to provide a positive impact on current and
A proud resident of Buffalo’s East Side, Wilson is the Executive
Director of the Erie Niagara Area Health Education Center; a position she has
held since October 2016. She was a 2017 recipient of the Buffalo Business
First 40 Under 40 award and was one of two Western New York residents
listed on The Business Journals’ Influencers: Rising Stars 2018 list.
SUNY Erie Interim President William Reuter noted that Wilson’s
passion for student success will serve the College well in the wake of the
COVID-19 pandemic. “This is a significant moment in the history of our institution,
and I know I speak for the entire SUNY Erie community in saying that we are excited
for what the future holds under Danise’s leadership,” Reuter said. “We look
forward to her strategic vision and channeling her passion for advancing
student success at SUNY Erie.”
Wilson, who was appointed to the SUNY Erie Board by County
Executive Mark Poloncarz, has been a member of the Curriculum, Student Success
and Diversity Committee at SUNY Erie since 2018 and currently serves in the role
of co-chair. She also served as the Chair of the Board’s Financial Health
Committee from 2016-2017. She recently co-founded the Hamilton-Wilson Student
Support Fund whose aim is to promote diversity and representation within the
public health and social work professions.
Wilson holds a Bachelor’s in Business Management and
Administration from Daemen College and Master’s of Public Health from the University
at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions.
Trustees Jeffrey Stone and Kathleen Masiello were also
elected to serve as vice chairperson and secretary, respectively, through 2022.