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Linda Bourgeois to Receive 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Clinton Community College Alumni Association is pleased to announce this year’s recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award, Linda Bourgeois. The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented each year to an individual defined as an alum who has made a meaningful contribution to their community, has achieved a high level of professional success and is distinguished in their profession, and has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to professional development.

Linda Bourgeois is currently the President/CEO of UFirst Federal Credit Union and very active in our local community. She serves as Chair of the North Country Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, is past President of the Adirondack Chapter of New York State Credit Unions, and is First Vice-President of the Plattsburgh College Foundation. This fall Linda will be the first woman to Chair the Plattsburgh College Foundation Board of Trustees. Linda is also a member of the Executive Committee for the CVPH Foundation’s “Stepping Out For Your Heart” fundraiser, an event dedicated to the promotion of heart health for woman and is an annual volunteer at the Ride to Remember which raises funds for the Third Age Adult Center for adults who have Alzheimer’s.

Recently, Linda was named the 2017 Outstanding Professional for credit unions in the asset size of $50 million to $250 million by the New York State Credit Union Association. Linda began her career at UFirst FCU (originally SUNY Plattsburgh FCU) in 1989 as a Collections Officer, worked her way up through positions as a Loan Officer, Officer Manager, and then was promoted to President/CEO in April 2002. As the CEO she is extremely proud of the impact the credit union has on the daily lives of their staff, membership and community in which they serve.

Linda attended Clinton part-time while working at the credit union, and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2007 with her A.A.S. degree in Accounting. As a student at Clinton Community College, she was the recipient of the Telling, Besaw & Cota Excellence in Accounting award and was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She recalls her time at Clinton fondly noting the dedication of the faculty, in particular retired professor Dave Schwartz. “He was my Accounting I professor and really knew how to teach the subject so that his students had a firm understanding of the basics and principles of accounting. As an adult student, I know there are evenings when you’ve had a busy day and you’re pretty tired, but the same goes for the professors. Yet, they were always focused on teaching their class and being available to speak with students or set up appointments in order to help.” She advises students to, “set realistic goals for yourself, don’t take on more that you can actually handle, and to make sure you have the right support systems in place in order to allow you to concentrate on your studies as needed.”

Linda is also a graduate of the CUNA Management School (Credit Union National Association) through the Graduate School of Business and Economics at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, a three-year credit union management school program. Linda tells graduates to “choose a career that you are passionate about, love what you do with dedication and pride, and share the same values as your employers. Do not have tunnel vision on what you think is the perfect job for you, keep an open mind to future possibilities of advancement within a company. Be forward thinking and always, always be willing to stretch and grow. Check your personal baggage at the door when you arrive for work so that you are fully engaged as an employee, a positive attitude and good work ethic will serve you well in the long run.”

Linda will be presented with the Distinguished Alumni Award at the 2017 CCC Alumni and Friends Reunion on Saturday, August 19. The event will be held from 5-8 P.M. on the campus’s Moore building lakeside veranda. Tickets are $20 per person, $35 per couple, and includes a barbecue dinner. All community members are invited to Reunion. For more information, or to purchase tickets, click here or call (518) 562-4161.