Two SUNY Adirondack students honored with Chancellor's Award

Toby Greer and Kira Bovee
April 09, 2024

SUNY system's highest recognition marks outstanding character, achievements

QUEENSBURY, New York (April 9, 2024) — SUNY Adirondack is proud to announce that Kira Bovee and December 2023 graduate Toby Greer were awarded Chancellor’s Awards.

Bovee and Greer will be recognized in a ceremony April 11 at Albany Capital Center. The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence is the highest honor bestowed on a student by SUNY and acknowledges outstanding achievements that demonstrate SUNY excellence within many aspects of their lives in areas such as academics, leadership, campus involvement, community service or the arts.

“Kira and Toby exemplify traditions of academic excellence, community involvement and personal integrity that define SUNY Adirondack,” said Kristine D. Duffy, Ed.D., president of the college.

Greer, of North Chatham, graduated in December and transferred to University of Vermont, where he is studying veterinary medicine.

At SUNY Adirondack, he was an active member of Student Senate, a resident assistant, part of the college’s chorale, and served as Eddy Rondack, the college mascot, for basketball games and special events. He graduated with a 3.88 grade point average.

“I am extremely honored to receive the SUNY Chancellor’s Award,” Greer said. “It is a wonderful recognition of my character, but I am even more grateful to have been heavily involved in a school where I was surrounded by amazing peers, professors and staff who provided opportunities for self-discovery that were integral to my academic success. I owe it to them. They made my time spent at SUNY Adirondack something that will exist with me forever.” 

Bovee, of Queensbury, will graduate in May. She served as a lab assistant in Microbiology and Forensic Science, participated in a microbiology project investigating the human skin microbiome, volunteered in a research opportunity validating methodology that assesses nonpoint source contamination in Adirondack lakes, and an independent study involving identifying skeletal remains using DNA. 

After graduation, she will transfer to SUNY Upstate Medical University to earn bachelor’s degrees in Medical Technology and Biotechnology. She plans to pursue a career in biomedical forensics, with interests in bioarchaeology, microbial forensics, molecular biology and osteology. 

“This award means the world to me,” Bovee said. “I am incredibly thankful for all the support I received so far, and will continue to pursue my interests as my educational journey carries on.”