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Richard F. Brush Elected an Honorary Trustee

Rochester, New York (November 5, 2008) – WXXI Public Broadcasting Council has announced the election of four new Board Members. They are James W. Fulmer, Dawn F. Lipson, Allen Williams and Richard Vuillequez.

Fulmer, a resident of LeRoy, is Chairman, President and CEO of the Bank of Castile and the Vice Chairman of Tompkins Financial Corporation. He is also a member of a number of civic and business organizations, including the Board of Directors of the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York, Erie and Niagara Insurance Association of Williamsville, United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia and the Genesee County Economic Development Center. Fulmer is a graduate of Clarkson University and received his MBA from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).

Lipson, of Brighton, has been very active in the Rochester community since she became a resident in 1993. In addition to WXXI, she is involved in a variety of other non-profit groups, including the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the SUNY Brockport Foundation, and the Jewish Community Center. She is on the Nazareth College Arts Center Advisory Council, and Rochester General Hospital’s Cancer Advisory panel. Lipson is a member of the George Eastman Society and the RIT’s Nathanial Rochester Society.

Williams, a resident of Rochester, is an advisor in the Wealth Management Group of TIAA-CREF. He has a long record of financial and accounting experience, including working for J.P. Morgan & Co., the U.S. International Trade Commission and Xerox Corporation. In 2007 he was elected to the Rochester City School Board. Williams is a graduate of the University of California Irvine and received his MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.

Vuillequez, of Webster, is chairman of WXXI’s Volunteer Leadership Council and has been a long-time volunteer for public radio and public television. In 1971 he started E&L Instruments, which provided instructional materials and hardware for teaching electronics, microcomputers, computer and robotics. He sold the company in 1990, and started up two other hi-tech businesses before retiring in 2000. In addition to his involvement with WXXI, he also volunteers at the Salvation Army and the Webster School District. Vuillequez received his technical degree from RCA Institutes, now Brooklyn Polytechnic, in New York City.
In addition to the new Board Members, long-time WXXI supporter Richard F. Brush was elected as an Honorary Trustee, only the third in the history of the station. Brush is Chairman Emeritus of his family’s business, Sentry Group. A resident of Fairport, Brush is a charter member of WXXI’s Alice Wood Wynd Legacy Society. Over the years, he has served as WXXI’s Auction Committee Chair, has been a member of the Major Donor Committee for the Auction, and the WXXI Community Advisory Board. He was named WXXI’s Associate of the Year in 1991. Brush is a graduate of St. Lawrence University.

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