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Barry Culhane honored for community service

Barry Culhane, executive assistant to President Albert Simone, is the recipient of the second Four Presidents Distinguished Public Service Award.

Barry Culhane

For more than 30 years, Culhane has contributed his time to serving the Rochester community. He has played leadership roles with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Corporation of Greater Rochester, the Al Sigl Center, Junior Achievement of Rochester, Upstate New York Multiple Sclerosis, the Rochester Rotary Club and numerous other organizations.

“The Awards Committee believes that Dr. Culhane truly exemplifies the spirit of public service demonstrated by Presidents Mark Ellingson, Paul Miller, Richard Rose and Albert Simone,” says Andrew Moore, dean, College of Liberal Arts and committee chairperson.

The award was created last year by Alfred Davis, vice president emeritus, on the occasion of his 65th year of association with RIT. Presented annually, the award honors a member of the RIT faculty or staff whose public service and commitment mirrors that of the four presidents with whom Davis worked. A $2,500 donation goes to a charity designated by the Four Presidents Award winner.

The inaugural award was presented to Fred Smith, secretary of the institute, last spring.