SUNY Adirondack honors distinguished alumni

Trailblazer award
June 21, 2019

SUNY Adirondack recently named three new members to the Trailblazer Society, the college’s distinguished alumni program.

Tim Badger, class of 1969, is originally from St. Albans, Vermont, and currently resides in Queensbury. In 1972, Badger joined Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Company as a management trainee. He retired 45 years later in 2017 as the senior vice president of marketing, public relations and shareholder relations. He also served as corporate spokesman for the bank’s holding company, Arrow Financial Corporation. Badger holds an associate degree in Business Administration from SUNY Adirondack, a bachelor’s of science degree from the University at Albany and a master’s in business administration from the University of Vermont. Badger’s leadership has benefited many organizations, including the SUNY Adirondack Foundation, Tri-County United Way, CWI, Queensbury Senior Center, Moreau Community Center, Adirondack Balloon Festival, Warren-Washington Counties Association for Mental Health and the ARCC. In 2011, he was named the Tri-County United Way Volunteer of the Year.

Jason Carusone, class of 1989, is from Lake George. Carusone’s distinguished academic career began at SUNY Adirondack in 1987. He transferred to Binghamton University to earn a bachelor’s of arts degree in Political Science. He has a juris doctoral degree from Buffalo University School of Law. He returned to Warren County to work as a private attorney until 1999, when he became an assistant district attorney. In 2004, he was promoted to first assistant district attorney, a position he held for 13 years. He was elected to serve as Warren County district attorney in 2017. His distinguished service includes recognition by the Narcotic Enforcement Officers Association and the District Attorneys Association of New York.

Drew Schiavi, class of 2003, is from Malta. Schiavi earned an associate degree in Radio and TV Broadcasting at SUNY Adirondack and was program director at WGFR, the campus radio station. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Broadcasting and Mass Communication from SUNY Oswego in 2005. He began his professional broadcasting career as a director and chief technical director for a variety of news and specialty programs at WRGB/WCWN – CBS 6 in Schenectady. In 2012, he became a master control operator at ESPN in Connecticut and became an associate director in 2014. Schiavi was part of a team that won an Emmy Award at the 37th Annual Sports EMMY® Awards for Outstanding Trans-Media Sports Coverage; College Football Playoff National Championship. Each year, Drew shares his experiences with current SUNY Adirondack broadcasting students and has established a scholarship for broadcasting majors.

The college’s distinguished faculty selected the 2019 class from a competitive pool of nominations. Inductees demonstrated excellence in the areas of professional achievement, community service, service to SUNY Adirondack and outstanding spirit.

The Trailblazers will be honored at an Oct. 17 event. For more information, visit or contact Jill Vogel at or 518.743.2244.