This month, the Wells College Board of Trustees welcomed three new members to its ranks: two successful Wells College alumnae, Mary K. Cryan '84 and Vicki Keller Panhuise '74, and Joseph A. Tolliver, a higher education professional with four decades of experience. It also welcomed Arthur J. Bellinzoni —a professor emeritus of religion whose relationship with Wells spans six decades—as honorary trustee.
Mary Pastore Cryan '84 is an adaptable, professional and motivated volunteer with an approachable attitude. She is skilled in project management, process improvement and fundraising with strong communication and interpersonal skills in both corporate and academic environments. Having just finished her term as Wells College's national annual giving chair, Mary worked closely with the Office of Advancement to build, cultivate and sustain alumni relationships. She graduated from Wells in 1984 with a B.A. in mathematics, and also received an M.S. in management from Boston University–London.
Vicki Keller Panhuise '74 is a recognized strategic business leader with 35 years of experience in aerospace manufacturing and engineering roles for commercial and defense markets. She has a proven track record for delivering results for complex programs requiring significant business transformation thought processes. She is recognized as demonstrating the full spectrum of leadership competencies from global strategy and growth to business execution and exceptional customer skills. She comes to the Wells College board with experience as a current trustee at Arizona State University. Vickie, who earned her B.A. in mathematics from Wells in 1974, went on to earn an MBA from the University of Arizona's Eller College of Management as well as an M.S. and Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from the University of Missouri–Columbia.
Joseph André Tolliver retired in June 2019 as vice president and dean of students at St. Lawrence University; he held similar senior leadership positions at Haverford, Skidmore and Connecticut Colleges during his 40+ year career in higher education. He also served Trinity and Barnard Colleges in his early career. He is a member of the Alumni Council at the State University of New York at Plattburgh, from where he earned his undergraduate degree in American history. He also earned his M.A. and Ed.D. in higher education administration from the Teachers College of Columbia University, as well as an M.S. in college student mental health counseling and advising from SUNY Plattsburgh.
Arthur J. Bellinzoni first came to Wells College in 1962 as a professor of religion, a position he held until the year 2000, when he was named professor emeritus of religion. He has also been an active fundraiser for the College, having served as director of planned and leadership giving on a part-time basis from 1983 to 2000, and currently as co-chair of its comprehensive campaign. He earned his B.A. in religion with magna cum laude honors from Princeton University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in history and philosophy of religion from Harvard University. He served on the Wells College Board of Trustees from 2008 through 2014, and has also been involved with the People for the American Way, United Way of Cayuga County and the Finger Lakes Musical Festival. His tenth book, "The Building Blocks of the Earliest Gospel: A Road Map to Early Christian Biography" was published by Wipf & Stock in 2018.
Wells College is a nationally recognized private coeducational liberal arts college located in Aurora, New York, on the eastern shore of Cayuga Lake. Wells, which recently celebrated its 150th anniversary, helps students gain the knowledge, skills and experience to build their confidence and create their own unique path in life. With dozens of majors and minors available in the sciences, arts, humanities and preprofessional programs, Wells provides a purposeful curriculum and an immersive educational experience that is steeped in tradition. Students can also take advantage of 13 NCAA Division III athletic teams, 18 study-abroad programs; over 40 student-led organizations and clubs; and cross-registration agreements with Cornell University, Ithaca College and Cayuga Community College. More at wells.edu.