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Transitions: Alfred University Board of Trustees names three new members
2/10/17

The Alfred University Board of Trustees appointed three new members, and said farewell to three veteran trustees at its February meeting.

Joining the board are Christine E. Heckle, a 1992 alumna of Alfred University, who also earned her master’s (1995) and Ph.D. (1998) degrees from Alfred University; Ann Silverman Moskowitz, widow of the late Joel Moskowitz, a 1961 alumnus; and A.N. Sreeram, who received a master’s degree from Alfred University in 1990.

Heckle is director of inorganic materials research at Corning, Incorporated, where she has worked since 1997. Prior to assuming her current position in September 2015, she was the director of crystalline materials research, leading the development of new products to support both the environmental technologies and specialty materials segments. 

In August 2012 Heckle won the inaugural RD&E Leadership Award from the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers for her proven track record of producing results with an excellent use of emotional intelligence and people skills, as well as for being a key advocate and champion of diversity initiatives. Chris is a member of SPECTRA, Corning’s LGBT employee resource group, and ADAPT, Corning’s employee resource group for people with disabilities and those who care for people with disabilities. She also serves as a mentor and coach for members of EDGE (the Ethnically Diverse Group of Employees) and SBP (the Society of Black Professionals.) 

Heckle is the daughter of fellow Alfred alumni, Pamela Tinnes Lord ’68 and Harold W. Lord, Jr. ’69. She is married to alumnus Darryl Heckle ’96, who graduated with a B.S. in ceramic engineering, a minor in speech communication, and completed a master’s in ceramic engineering in 1997. Darryl is a product line manager at Corning, Incorporated. The couple resides in Corning, NY and has two children. 

Ann Moskowitz earned a B.A. in economics from Wellesley College in 1962. She was employed by I.B.M. as a programmer/analyst. In 1964 Ann married Alfred alumnus Joel Moskowitz ’61. In 1967, Joel co-founded Ceradyne, Inc., an advanced technical ceramic company which manufactured and marketed ceramics for the industrial, aerospace, defense, medical and electronic markets until it was sold to 3M in 2012. Joel served as Ceradyne’s company president and chairman of the board. 

Joel was elected to Alfred’s Board of Trustees in 1983 and served on the board until he passed away in March 2015. Over the years, Ann and Joel have been dedicated to improving student life. Among other initiatives, they created two special interest houses on campus; Joel’s House, a 22-bed residence hall constructed in 2004; and Ann’s House, a 48-bed residence hall constructed in 2009.

  The couple was recognized for their generosity to Alfred when named to the University’s Society of Benefactors in 2005. Most recently, Ann has committed support for renovating Reimer Hall, a residence hall on the north end of campus constructed in 1962. In addition to their support of Alfred, the Moskowitz’s philanthropic priorities have included Chapman University’s Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education, the Brooklyn College Foundation, National Jewish Health, the Hoag Hospital Foundation, and the Accelerated Cure project (for multiple sclerosis). Ann is a current member of the board of trustees at Chapman University. She has a son, David, and resides in Corona del Mar, CA.

Sreeram earned a master’s degree in glass science from Alfred in 1990 and his doctorate from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1995. He is a 1989 graduate of the ceramics engineering program from the Indian Institute of Technology – Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi, India. 

Sreeram is now the senior vice president and chief technology officer with Dow Chemical Company. He holds over 20 U.S.-issued patents and in October 2016 was one of the first two recipients of the Industrial Leadership Award from the American Ceramic Society; Sreeram was the award recipient for leaders in the Americas. 

Sreeram joined Dow in 2006 as vice president of core research and development and is a former global technology director and chief technology officer for DuPont Electronic Technologies. He was also was vice president of worldwide technology for Cookson Electronics, and was employed by Sarnoff Corporation early in his career where he led the electronic and flat display program. 

Sreeram resides in Midland, MI. 

Leaving the board are:
Robert Daggett, a 1981 alumnus with a degree in ceramic engineering. Rob joined the Alfred University Board of Trustees in 1999, and was integral to the building of the Bromeley-Daggett Equestrian Center at Maris Cuneo Equine Park that led to the growth of Alfred University’s equestrian program.

John Gilbertson, former president and chief executive officer of AVX Corporation, a subsidiary of Kyocera Corporation, who joined the board in 2006. John has been instrumental in maintaining the University’s relationship with Kyocera and Dr. Kazuo Inamori, the founder of Kyocera.

Robert L. “Steve” Stephens, a retired brigadier general in the U.S. Army, who earned his master’s degree from Alfred University in 1971 while serving as an instructor in the University Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program. He served as a member of the trustee search committee for the new vice president of University Relations and was vice chair of two board committees. He was granted Life Trustee status at the February board meeting.