PLATTSBURGH — A Glens Falls resident and SUNY Plattsburgh graduate was appointed to the College Council by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Gloria Ragonetti will fill the vacancy once held by longtime member Roger Burke, who died in April 2012.
Ragonetti’s term will expire June 20, 2019.
Originally from Queens, she and her family moved to Hyde Park, where she finished high school.
Graduating with her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Spanish from SUNY at Albany, she taught Spanish in the Queensbury Unified School District for 16 years and then earned her master’s and a certificate of advanced study in school counseling from SUNY Plattsburgh.
She retired as a guidance counselor in 2005.
“I attended classes at the Plattsburgh campus in the evening division, driving from Glens Falls,” she said in a release from the college.
“I am now currently enrolled in a program through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and will become a certified health coach in October.”
Ragonetti said she is excited to become part of the College Council.
“Education has always been very important to me. I am looking forward to making a contribution — to having an opportunity to make a difference in the quality of education.
“It is important to be involved. I look forward to working with the other council members and the administration of SUNY Plattsburgh.”
College President John Ettling said she will be “a great addition to the College Council as an alumna of SUNY Plattsburgh” and will also represent “the growing alumni base in the Glens Falls-Lake George region we are experiencing as a result of our branch campus at Queensbury.”
Sen. Betty Little (R-Queensbury), whose legislative district covers both SUNY Plattburgh and its branch in Queensbury, nominated Ragonetti for the post.
“With SUNY Plattsburgh now offering four-year degrees at Adirondack Community College, I felt it was important to have a Warren County representative on the College Council,” Little said in a statement.
“Gloria did graduate work at SUNY Plattsburgh, is an educator and truly understands the value of the college and a college education. She will be a valued member of the College Council.”
Ragonetti’s first meeting as a College Council member will be held Friday, July 25, at Valcour Educational Conference Center on Route 9 in Peru.
Meetings are open to the public.