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Alfred University confirms Life Trustee designation for Ann Moskowitz

Ann Moskowitz
Ann Moskowitz

Ann Moskowitz was confirmed as a Life Trustee at Alfred University. The designation was approved by the University’s Board of Trustees at its meeting earlier this month.


ALFRED, NY – Ann Moskowitz was confirmed as a Life Trustee at Alfred University. The designation was approved by the University’s Board of Trustees at its meeting earlier this month.

Moskowitz, who was named an honorary Alfred University alumna in 1996, served on the Board from 2017-21. She, along with her late husband—Joel Moskowitz ’61, ’05 HD, who served 32 years as a Trustee—has been generous in her support of the University, particularly in efforts to improve student life. The couple’s philanthropy 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.

More recently, Ann supported a renovation project at Reimer Hall, a residence hall on the north end of campus constructed in 1962, which has since been renamed Moskowitz Hall.

“Our Board of Trustees, and the entire Alfred University community are so grateful to Ann Moskowitz for her caring and dedicated service to our institution,” commented Mark Zupan, Alfred University president. “Ann’s and Joel’s generosity over the years is a shining example of our Board of Trustee’s ongoing commitment to the growth and wellbeing of our University.”

“It has been a tremendous pleasure serving with Ann on our Board of Trustees,” commented Greg Connors ’92, board chair. “I have been very fortunate to have been able to serve with both Ann and Joel, who have given so much to Alfred University. Even though Ann is not an Alfred University graduate, her dedication and commitment to Alfred has served as an inspiration to our entire University community.”

 Moskowitz said the most significant contributions she made to Alfred University include assisting with the renovations to Reimer Hall, and providing Gabrielle Gaustad, dean of the Inamori School of Engineering, with a piece of Boron Carbide body armor. Prior to his retirement, Joel Moskowitz (who earned a B.S. degree in ceramic engineering) co-founded Ceradyne, a California company that manufactures body armor used by the military and first responders.

Ann Moskowitz said she presented Gaustad with the piece of body armor, which had been given to her husband as a retirement gift, “to help her show potential ceramic engineering students an example of what ceramic engineers can do.”