For Immediate Release—Friday, February 1, 2008

Tony Hoppa
Assistant Vice President for Communications
(585) 245-5516

SUNY Geneseo Appoints John P. Linfoot
Director of Special Development

GENESEO, N.Y.—Long-time Geneseo businessman John P. Linfoot has joined the State University of New York at Geneseo as director of special development, a senior fundraising position in the Division of College Advancement.

Linfoot will develop relationships to increase charitable giving that will enhance Geneseo and expand opportunities for student success. "John is a strong advocate for SUNY Geneseo who deeply believes in our vision to become the premier public liberal arts college in the nation," said Michael Catillaz, vice president for college advancement. "Through his involvement with the Geneseo Foundation board of directors, he offers both the perspective and leadership that will help us take the College to the next level."

Linfoot retired as vice chairman of the Geneseo Foundation board of directors effective Jan. 24 to devote more time to his new position. Board members will acknowledge him for more than a decade of service during the winter meeting today in New York City.

"Over the past many years, I have seen the College evolve into something extraordinarily special for the Village of Geneseo, the SUNY system and all of New York," said Linfoot. "There is a real transformative power that comes from a strong liberal arts education, and I look forward to cultivating relationships to advance the mission of Geneseo. It is gratifying to create opportunities that will allow students to succeed in academic, research, athletic and civic engagement programs."

Linfoot, well known in the Geneseo community for his business and civic involvement, has relinquished one title as he undertakes the part-time position at Geneseo. Elected three times since 1996 to serve as justice for the Village of Geneseo, Judge Linfoot will not run for re-election in 2008.

He will continue to manage agency operations for Youngs and Linfoot Real Estate in Geneseo. Since 1971, he also has served as a registered representative (Series 6 and 63 Licenses) for ING Services, formerly Aetna. Linfoot is a member of the Bank of Castile board of directors, the Geneseo Kiwanis Club and has been active in many other local organizations. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from Yale University.