FMCC board elects new officers

JOHNSTOWN- The Fulton-Montgomery Community College Board of Trustees elected a new board chairman and vice chairman Thursday night.

In a unanimous decision, the board elected former vice chairman Michael Pepe as the new chairman, while Edmund Jasewicz was elected the vice chairman.

The pair were nominated in June, and were appointed Thursday during the board’s organizational meeting.

Former Chairman James Landrio thanked the board for his time as chairman.

“I appreciate the relationships that we formed, and I am looking forward to continuing in my current position as a board member,” Landrio said. “I’d also like to wish [Pepe] and [Jasewicz] luck. I think the most important thing that we have here in this board is the fact that we work together, we agree as a team and we work together for the betterment of the college.”

Pepe is currently in his last year of his seven-year term as a board member. Prior to the term, he served eight years as a member of the FMCC Foundation’s Board.

“[The college] is near and dear to my heart,” Pepe said. “I can only hope to continue the mission of the school and where it is already heading.”

Pepe said he wished to continue working on projects and maintain the status quo of the college. Pepe said the college had a great leader in FMCC President Dustin Swanger.

“It is just my job to run meetings,” Pepe joked.

Swanger said he was confident in Pepe and Jasewicz, who has been part of the board for five years.

“[Jasewicz] has really been a good addition to our board,” Swanger said “I think the both of them will be really helpful to the board.”

Jasewicz said he was proud to serve as the vice chairman and said he is looking forward to the year.

David Murrow, the board’s treasurer, and Paula Weaver, secretary, were reappointed to their positions.