University at Albany

Excellence in Professional Service

Each year, the University at Albany honors special members of its community with Excellence Awards denoting exceptional contributions to the life of the campus. Three staff members received this tribute in 2005 for Excellence in Professional Service.

Vincent T. FranconereVincent T. FranconereEnvironmental Health and Safety

Vincent T. Franconere, director of Environmental Health and Safety, oversees the comprehensive risk-based emergency management programs that ensure that the academic, residential, and work environments of this campus are free of all safety hazards.

Leo Neveu, associate vice president and controller, attests not only to Franconere's commitment to safety and excellence, but to the high quality of his professional skills, integrity, and leadership: "Indeed, Vinnie is an unsung hero at the University ... Anyone who knows him has great confidence in his mastery of his profession and the currency of his knowledge."

Steve Beditz, associate vice president for Human Resources, adds: "I believe that few people appreciate the extraordinarily complex safety and reporting requirements that must be strictly adhered to, and which enable our faculty and graduate researchers in the sciences to do their work. From obvious materials such as radiological isotopes to much more mundane materials, all must be handled and disposed of in a highly controlled manner."

Kathryn Lowery, vice president for Finance and Business, and Franconere's immediate supervisor, values him as a critical member of the division who is a role model to young professionals, a valued colleague to his peers, and a great mentor to his staff. She noted, "At a time when there is such attention to compliance issues, the campus can always be certain that the area of Environmental Health and Safety is well represented by Vinnie Franconere. In short, he is one of the University's most valuable resources."

Excellence in Professional Service

Vincent T. Franconere Catherine Murray Mary L. Schimley
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Health and

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