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Michelle D. Pfaff and David J. Clark Retire from Service on JCC Board of Trustees

David J. Clark, of Watertown, and Michelle D. Pfaff, of Dexter, retired from service as members of the Jefferson Community College Board of Trustees in March 2016.

Mr. Clark was appointed to the Board of Trustees by Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2012.   During his time on the Board, Mr. Clark provided leadership through his service as chair of the Facilities Committee which provided guidance on numerous facilities master plan initiatives including the construction of the Collaborative Learning Center.  He served on nearly all standing committees including Budget & Planning, Personnel and Academic & Educational Services. In addition, Dave was the Board of Trustees representative on the JCC Foundation Board of Directors from 2014-2015.  

Mr. Clark is a retired-Colonel and former Fort Drum Garrison Commander. He is now employed by General Dynamics Information Technology as a site manager on Fort Drum, a post which requires considerable travel and time out-of-state.  Governor Cuomo recently appointed Judith L. Gentner, of Watertown, to fill Mr. Clark’s unexpired term through June 2017.

Michelle D. Pfaff has served on the Jefferson Board of Trustees for 17 years. She was first appointed to the Board of Trustees in May 1999 by Governor George Pataki to fill an unexpired term and was subsequently reappointed to a full seven-year term in June 2003. Governor David Paterson reappointed Michelle to a second seven-year term in June 2010.

During her tenure, Pfaff provided considerable leadership as Vice Chair from July 2001 to June 2003 and Chair of the Board from July 2003 to June 2005. In addition, at various times Michelle chaired several standing committees such as Budget & Planning, Personnel and the Academic & Educational Services committees.  She began her affiliation with Jefferson as a member of the JCC Foundation Board of Directors in 1989 and she remained a director and Trustee liaison to the Foundation through 2013.  

Pfaff’s leadership, involvement and commitment to Jefferson helped advance the purposes of the College through its Strategic Plan and its Facilities Master Plan resulting in significant growth and the realization of a Higher Education Center, residence halls and Collaborative Learning Center. 

Pfaff retired in 2010 from her position as Vice President and commercial banking team leader at Community Bank.  With her husband David recently retired as well, they plan to plan to travel and spend time in warmer climates. Governor Cuomo recently appointed Pamela S. Beyor-Murtha, of Black River, to fill Pfaff’s unexpired term through June 2017.