FM announces graduation speakers

JOHNSTOWN – Fulton-Montgomery Community College announced the keynote speaker for the 2014 commencement exercises on May 16 will be U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson and the student speaker will be Casey Madsen.

Gibson grew up in Columbia County in the town of Kinderhook.

Gibson attended public school Ichabod Crane and was the point guard and co-captain of his high school basketball team, a news release said.

At 17, Gibson enlisted in the New York National Guard and later earned an ROTC Commission at Siena College in Loudonville.

The first in his family to go to college, Gibson graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in history, the news release said.

He later earned an master’s degree and a Ph.D. in government from Cornell University.

He is the author of “Securing the State,” a book about national security decision-making, published in 2008.

After retiring from the Army in 2010, Gibson was elected to represent the 20th Congressional District and re-elected in 2012 to represent the 19th Congressional District.

In Congress, he serves on the House Armed Services Committee, the House Agriculture Committee and the Republican Policy Committee.

Gibson has been married to Mary Jo, a state-licensed clinical social worker, for more than 17 years. They have three children, Katie, Maggie and Connor, according to the news release.

Madsen will graduate with an associate degree in radiologic technology. She plans to enroll at the University at Albany to study human biology (pre-med).

Her goal is to be an interventional radiologist, the news release said.

Madsen serves as the student trustee on the college’s Board of Trustees. She is a member of the college academic honor society Phi Theta Kappa.

For the last two years, she has been named to Who’s Who in American Junior Colleges, the news release said.

At the Student Government Association meetings, she has been the Medical Imaging Club senator.

Madsen was named a recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Student Service Award in recognition of her service to the campus and community, the news release said. The award is sponsored by the Fulmont Association of College Educators.

Madsen is the daughter of Bob and Tammy Madsen of St. Johnsville. She is a graduate of St. Johnsville High School, the news release said.