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Friday, June 17, 2016 - 2:48pm

Four JCC faculty and staff members were awarded the 2016 State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor's Award for Excellence recently.

Faculty, librarians, and professional service employees who received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award were honored with a certificate and cast bronze medallion. The awards were announced after a SUNY advisory committee reviewed nominations from faculty, students, and colleagues throughout the 64-campus system.

Jeanne Johnston headshot Ellen Lehning headshot Grant Umberger headshot Linda DuBois headshot

Jeanne Johnston and Ellen Lehning received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Mrs. Johnston, assistant professor of business and office technology, joined JCC’s faculty in 2001. As director of the medical office technology and office technology programs, Mrs. Johnston is responsible for development and administration of the degree and certificate components within those programs.

She served as assistant dean of business and social sciences from 2007-2012, as interim dean of the Cattaraugus County Campus from 2008-2009, and as interim dean of continuing education in 2009.

Previously, Mrs. Johnston was an admissions/placement director, medical instructor, and internship coordinator at Olean Business Institute. She also worked at Olean General Hospital, Jones Memorial Hospital, and St. James Mercy Hospital.

She earned an associate’s degree at Regents College of the State University of New York, a bachelor’s degree at SUNY Empire State College, and a master’s degree at Buffalo State College.

Dr. Lehning is associate professor of biology and director of sciences on the Jamestown Campus. Prior to coming to JCC in 2003, she worked at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and Montefiore Medical Center. She was also a research scientist and post-doctoral research associate at Stony Brook University.

Dr. Lehning earned bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees at Michigan State University. She has been a peer reviewer for articles in several professional journals, principal investigator for a National Science Foundation grant, and co-investigator for two National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences projects.

She has served on several committees at JCC that focus on science-related, assessment, general education, and curriculum topics.

Grant Umberger, director of the Center for Continuing Education on the Jamestown Campus, received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service.

He joined the continuing education staff as a project manager in 2007 and was named the director in 2010. His prior experience includes administrative positions at Bryant & Stratton College, SUNY Fredonia, and Buffalo State College.

Umberger earned a bachelor’s degree at Slippery Rock University and a master’s degree at Buffalo State College. He is a member of the Learning Resources Network and serves as chair of the western region of the Continuing Education Association of New York.

Linda DuBois, a member of the custodial staff on the Cattaraugus County Campus, received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service.

Ms. DuBois, who worked previously for the McKean County Department of Welfare, joined JCC’s buildings and grounds staff in 2010 and now serves as lead custodian. She has assisted in the implementation of several custodial and materials initiatives.

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