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Arthur Kuckes Joins Tompkins Cortland Community College Board of Trustees

August 29, 2013

Arthur Kuckes of Ithaca is the newest member of the Tompkins Cortland Community College Board of Trustees. Kuckes was appointed by the Tompkins County Legislature to fill the seat vacated earlier this year by Joanne Florino, who left the area for a new job. His term on the board will expire June 30, 2018.

Kuckes was a professor of applied and engineering physics at Cornell University from 1968 to 1985, and now holds the title of professor emeritus. During his time on East Hill, he received the Engineering College award for excellence in teaching and was honored by NASA for his contributions to the space program. In 1985 he formed Vector Magnetics, Inc., an Ithaca-based company that is a world-wide leader in the field of magnetic well proximity technology.

Kuckes has been an exceptionally generous supporter of the College. He provided the largest donation in the College’s history in 2008, a $2 million gift to provide greater access to higher education for adults with limited means. Through his continued support, the Pathways program has grown to help dozens of adult students earn a college degree each year. He was recognized by the New York Community College Trustees (NYCCT) with its Benefactor Vision for Tomorrow Award in 2008, by Tompkins Cortland Community College with the Friend of the College Award in 2009, and by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Finger Lakes Chapter with the Philanthropist of the Year Award in 2011.

Kuckes received his undergraduate degree from MIT before studying in Germany on a Fulbright Scholarship and in Paris on a National Science Fellowship. He earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University and worked on nuclear fusion at Princeton University and Culham Laboratory in England before coming to Cornell. He also served a sabbatical leave at Oxford University.

The Tompkins Cortland Community College Board of Trustees consists of 10 members, including a student trustee elected by the student body. The governor appoints four trustees, two each from Tompkins and Cortland Counties; the Cortland County Legislature appoints two; and the Tompkins County Legislature appoints three.

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