UAlbany Foundation Announces Citizen Laureate Winners

Contact: Lisa James Goldsberry (518) 437-4989

ALBANY, N.Y. (March 28, 2002) -- Alan Goldberg, president and director of First Albany Corporation; and Mary C. Kahl, a former educator, have been named recipients of the 2002 University at Albany Foundation Citizen Laureate Awards.

The Citizen Laureate awards recognize individuals for significant contributions to the academic world and the community. They are the highest honors bestowed by The University at Albany Foundation. Goldberg will receive the Community Laureate Award while Kahl will receive the Academic Laureate Award.

They will be honored at a black-tie dinner on Thursday, May 2, at 6:30 p.m. at the Hall of Springs in Saratoga Springs. The event is a fundraiser for the University at Albany Foundation. For ticket information, call (518) 442-5310.

Alan Goldberg joined First Albany in 1980 and has held the positions of director and executive vice president. He was named president in 1989. He is being recognized for his community leadership and volunteer efforts. Also, he has been a dedicated supporter of UAlbany.

In addition to his position with First Albany, Goldberg has served as chairman of the Center for Economic Growth, chairman of the Albany Institute of History and Art, and currently serves as director of the University Heights Association, and as chairman of the Albany Symphony. Goldberg is also chair of the Advisory Council for the University's newly inaugurated Center for Jewish Studies, and was instrumental in both the development of the Center and in raising funds for its establishment.

Before joining First Albany, he was founder and CEO of Hawthorn Securities Corporation, a specialist and correspondent firm on the Boston Stock Exchange.

Mary C. Kahl is a retired educator and community leader. In 1976, she took a position at Regents College (recently renamed Excelsior College) and rose through the ranks to become the first dean for Liberal Arts. She then became academic dean for all 16 degree programs. In 1989 she came to work at UAlbany's Rockefeller College as project director.

Kahl has served as chairman of the Albany Medical College Board and as a director of the Albany Medical Center. Several other area organizations have benefitted from her involvement including Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood, Family Planning Advocates of New York State, and the Albany Academy for Girls. She was recognized as one of the 100 Women of Excellence by the Albany-Colonie Chamber of Commerce in 2000.

Founded in 1967, the University at Albany Foundation is responsible for the University's fund-raising activities and associated fiscal management. It is dedicated to playing a significant role in supporting programs and research that contribute to the economic development of the Capital Region and New York State.

Established in 1844 and designated a center of the State University of New York in 1962, the University at Albany's broad mission of excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research and public service engages 17,000 diverse students in eight degree-granting schools and colleges. For more information about this nationally ranked University, visit



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