The Tompkins Community College Board of Trustees has a new member; a wealthy benefactor who used his own money to start a scholarship program for returning students and adult learners has been named to the board.
Arthur Kuckes of Ithaca is the newest member of the Tompkins Cortland Community College Board of Trustees. Kuckes was appointed by the Tompkins County Legislature to fill the seat vacated earlier this year by Joanne Florino. Kukes term on the board will expire June 30, 2018.
Kuckes was a professor of applied and engineering physics at Cornell University from 1968 to 1985, he holds the title of professor emeritus. In 1985 he formed Vector Magnetics, Inc., an Ithaca-based company that is a world-wide leader in the field of magnetic well proximity technology.
Kuckes has been an exceptionally generous supporter of TC3, in 2008 gave $2 million dollars to the school to establish a scholarship program for adult students with limited means.
The Tompkins Cortland Community College Board of Trustees consists of 10 members, including a student trustee elected by the student body. The governor appoints four trustees, two each from Tompkins and Cortland Counties; the Cortland County Legislature appoints two; and the Tompkins County Legislature appoints three.