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January 2, 2013

Newsmakers: Dec. 27, 2012

The SUNY Plattsburgh Alumni Association has named Michael and Selviana “Selvi” Bates, a husband and wife from the Class of 2002, recipients of the 2012 Off to a Good Start Award, and long-time accounting professor, Dr. Mohamed Gaber,  recipient of the 2012 Faculty/Staff Impact Award.

The Off to a Good Start Award is presented within the first 10 years after graduation to an alumnus or alumna who is off to a good start in his or her career, who demonstrates a sense of responsibility within the community and who continues to have a relationship with SUNY Plattsburgh. Michael is vice president, international government affairs, with Citi. He works closely with Citi’s Global Government Affairs staff and chief county officers, managing Citi’s relationships with relevant financial regulatory bodies and U.S. and foreign government officials in more than 100 countries around the world. In addition, he attends briefings with congressional staffers on the merits of legislation impacting international markets. Selvi is a paralegal specialist with the U.S. Department of Justice. She expects to graduate with a J.D. from the Charlotte School of Law, Charlotte, N.C., in 2016.

The Faculty/Staff Impact Award is presented to a faculty of staff member, current or retired, who has or had a major and lasting positive impact on the life of alumni. Gaber, chair of accounting in the School of Business and Economics, has a long history of mentoring accounting and business students, bringing them to financial institutions in Manhattan and Boston every year to network with business alumni and company executives. He has an extensive database of former students, keeping in touch with them throughout the years to help upcoming students and new graduates meet successful alumni in the field.

Adirondack Health in Saranac Lake has welcomed Greg Moore as its new chief financial officer. Moore began work as a member of Adirondack Health’s executive leadership team recently and has settled into the community with his wife and two children. His most recent position was as interim chief executive officer at Pioneers Memorial Hospital in California. Moore has 17 years of progressive responsibility in administration and finance for both nonprofit and for-profit health-care organizations. He values the leadership perspectives he has gained during his separate experiences as a CEO and CFO.

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