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Award winners heralded for commitment

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Donald and Jeris Boyce, center, with RIT President Destler, right, and NRS Awards chair Larry Lovejoy.

Ken Huth | photographer

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Kevin and Nancy Gavagan

Ken Huth | photographer

The Nathaniel Rochester Society has recognized two alumni and their spouses for their ongoing commitment to RIT.

Donald and Jeris Boyce were presented the 2008 NRS Award, the organization’s highest honor, during a ceremony at Locust Hill Country Club on July 24. The annual honor recognizes individuals who have contributed to the university’s advancement in an outstanding and significant manner. In addition, Kevin and Nancy Gavagan received the Whitaker Service Medallion.

The Boyces are members of RIT’s Ellingson Society, which celebrates individuals who create a legacy through planned giving to the university. They established the Donald N. and Jeris J. Boyce Endowed Scholarship and have supported a variety of other campus projects. They are also members of the NRS Trustee’s Circle, which recognizes their extraordinary support of RIT.

Donald Boyce graduated from RIT in 1967 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, and he has served on the RIT Board of Trustees since 1999. He served as chair of RIT’s Presidential Search Committee, a member of the Hospitality and Service Management National Advisory Board, and he assumed a leadership role in the Campaign for RIT, which concluded successfully in 2006. Boyce has been the recipient of RIT’s Outstanding Alumnus Award as well as the Distinguished Alumni Award in the College of Applied Science and Technology.

Prior to retiring in 2000, Boyce served as chair and CEO of IDEX Corp., a diversified manufacturing firm. He has been a board member of numerous publicly traded companies and is currently director of Muller Water Products in Atlanta.

The Gavagans have been members of NRS since 1991. Their service to the organization has included serving on its executive committee, the awards committee, the membership/alumni outreach committee, the scholarship committee, and the NRS committee supporting the Campaign for RIT, which was successfully completed in 2006.

Kevin Gavagan is a certified financial analyst and principal and portfolio manager at QCI Asset Management Inc., and he is a 1979 MBA graduate of the E. Philip Saunders College of Business. He serves on the board of directors for Venture Creations, RIT’s high technology business incubator. A former member of the Saunders College alumni advisory council, he was honored by the college in 2004 with the Distinguished Alumni Award.

Nancy Gavagan has served as a member of RIT’s Women’s Council since 2006. Together, the Gavagans have supported RIT’s general scholarship fund, the NRS scholarship fund, the Saunders College of Business and several other campus initiatives.

The Nathaniel Rochester Society celebrated its 40th anniversary at this year’s gala. Its mission through the years has been to develop friends and ambassadors to promote and support RIT.

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Paul Stella

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