PLATTSBURGH — It would be inadequate to say simply that Ray Domenico has had a successful career.
The truth is the doctor of philosophy has had multiple successful careers.
"Whatever I get into, I get excited about," he said. "I'm that type of person."
Domenico, chair of the Communication Disorders and Sciences Department at Plattsburgh State, began his professional life as a speech-language pathologist nearly four decades ago.
And his unique contributions to the field recently earned him the Special Citation Award by the New York State Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
But Domenico's professional contributions reach far beyond the realm of speech-language pathology.
Throughout the years, he has held many titles, including associate dean of the Center for Educational Studies and Services, registrar, assistant to the vice president for academic affairs, and director of retention services and programs at Plattsburgh State.
In addition, Domenico has served as chair of the Northern New York Center Board and president of the New York Association of Colleges of Teacher Education.
And sometimes, on Sundays, Domenico sings at the Newman Center Catholic Church in Plattsburgh.
"I get involved in various things, and I like to work with people and learn.
“Part of that (Special) Citation is for people who have done things in their own field but also have expanded and made contributions in other areas,” he said.
After practicing speech pathology for 10 years at the Loretto Geriatric Center in Syracuse, Domenico came to Plattsburgh State in 1982 to chair the Communication Disorders and Sciences Department.
At the time, the department was known as the Hearing and Speech Science Department and was not accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
With Domenico on board, however, the department received its first accreditation from the association in the 1980s.