Kenneth B. Colloton, Capital District/Hudson Valley Regional co-president of Fleet Bank, has been named the recipient of Hudson Valley Community College's 2004 Distinguished Alumni Award.
Colloton, a 1974 graduate of the college, will be honored at noon on Thursday, May 27, 2004, at a luncheon sponsored by the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation and the college's Alumni Association. The award, first presented in 1984, recognizes the professional achievements and contributions that the college's alumni have made to the community.
"My Hudson Valley education provided me with a strong foundation for my career, and my life," Colloton said. "It is truly an honor to be recognized by an institution that has made such a difference in the lives of so many students."
Colloton joins the college's 15 other distinguished alumni, including last year's honoree, John M. Scarchilli '74, chief executive officer of Pioneer Savings Bank; John Gray '83, an anchor with Fox 23 News; and U.S. Representative John E. Sweeney '79.
"With his successful career in banking and dedication to volunteer service, Ken Colloton is a terrific role model, not only for Hudson Valley students and alumni, but for anyone who wants to make a difference in the communities in which they live," Hudson Valley President Marco J. Silvestri, Ph.D., said.
Colloton, of East Greenbush, was nominated for the award by Regina M. LaGatta '73, a distinguished alumna herself and senior vice president of the Capital District YMCA. LaGatta works with Colloton in his role as a member of the YMCA's Board of Directors and past board chair.
"Since his graduation in 1974, Ken Colloton has been, and continued to be, an ambassador for Hudson Valley Community College and the educational and career opportunities it offers its students," LaGatta wrote. "Ken Colloton is an icon of achievement; a proud and honorable illustration of the unlimited possibilities the college presents to its students."
Added Alumni Association President Peter Semenza '84: "Ken Colloton truly exemplifies the finest qualities of a dedicated, community-minded professional."
After graduating from Hudson Valley with an accounting degree, Colloton earned his bachelor's degree from York College of Pennsylvania and his advanced banking degree from the University of Wisconsin.
Colloton has 28 years of varied banking experience - from international to national and traditional banking to e-commerce. He has worked for Fleet Bank since 1987, holding numerous executive positions, including corporate secretary; New York State economic development officer; and director of government banking.
He was named co-president of Fleet's Capital District/Hudson Valley regional office in October 2003. In that role, Colloton leads the economic and community development of the Capital District and Hudson Valley regions, and oversees Fleet's New York State Government Banking Group.
Colloton is an active community volunteer as well. In addition to his work with the Capital District YMCA, he is the treasurer of the YMCA-USA in Chicago, and chairman of the National Strategic Planning Committee at Y-USA.
He is a past recipient of the Albany-Colonie Chamber's Spirit of the Chamber Award and the Capital District YMCA's President's Award. Colloton was one of 50 Hudson Valley alumni included in the college's 50th anniversary publication, "50 for 50," and is a member of the East Greenbush Central Schools Hall of Fame. He and his wife, Annette, have two children: 15-year-old Jeannine and 13-year-old Cameron.
For more information about the luncheon or sponsorship opportunities, contact Aimee LaLiberte, director of alumni affairs and annual giving, at 629-8077, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.hvcc.edu/alumni/distinguished_award.html.
The Hudson Valley Community College Foundation is a not-for-profit charitable corporation formed in 1983 to philanthropically support the college's mission.
Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 50 degree and certification programs in four academic divisions: Liberal Arts and Sciences; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Business; as well as programs run through the Educational Opportunity Center offering certification programs in workforce and academic preparation.