For Immediate Release —January 27, 2009
David Irwin
Media Relations Manager
(585) 245-5516

New Book Chronicles History of SUNY Geneseo

GENESEO, N.Y. – A newly published book tracing the history of the State University of New York at Geneseo is the first of its kind in a generation and represents thousands of hours of work by its authors.

Five SUNY Geneseo faculty and staff emeriti wrote SUNY Geneseo:  From Normal School to Public Ivy, 1871-2007, published by The Donning Company.  The lead author is Wayne Mahood, professor emeritus of history.  Additional writers were Judith Bushnell, librarian and archivist emerita;  Paul Hepler, professor emeritus of art;  and Jim McNally, director emeritus of institutional research.  A fifth author, Fred Bright, died in November after a lengthy illness.  He was professor emeritus of sports, health and recreation.

“Fred was the heart of the project and his recent passing was a sad occasion for the college and community, yet he expressly did not want us to mourn,” said Geneseo President Christopher C. Dahl.  “I can think of no better way of launching this volume than to recognize Fred’s contributions to the book and to remember his years of service to Geneseo students and the community.  The book is a remarkable achievement.”

The 344-page publication is on sale now for $29.99 (plus tax and shipping), at The Big Tree Inn and the Campus Auxiliary Service business office on campus in Blake Hall - A, Room 108.  The book also can be ordered online or through the mail by visiting, or by phone at (585) 245-5648.