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Alumni Hall of Fame

Lifetime achievement, for many, is a road that begins at GCC. That is why the Genesee Community College Foundation created the Alumni Hall of Fame to recognize those alumni who have achieved outstanding success and made a lasting impact on their community.

Each year, our Alumni Hall of Fame Selection Committee considers your nominations and selects deserving new inductees. A plaque featuring the inductees’ pictures and biographies is displayed in our Alumni Hall of Fame, located on the 2nd floor of the Conable Technology Building.

Criteria

Candidates must meet selection criteria. Download an Alumni Hall of Fame Nomination Form to review the criteria and make your nomination, or contact the Alumni Office directly at 585-343-0055 x6265.

Selection Process

Completed Nomination Forms will be considered by the Alumni Hall of Fame Selection Committee. Final selections will be made and the Committee will personally notify the nominees who have been selected.

2015 Honorees

Dr. Roger J. Klatt, Class of 1982

Roger KlattRoger Klatt earned his Liberal Arts & Science General Studies degree from GCC in 1982, where he was also a member of the basketball team. He went on to SUNY Brockport for a B.S. in Physical Education. At the University at Buffalo he earned a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy.

Dr. Klatt has served as a teacher, coach and administrator. He is a proud graduate of Albion Central School where he chose to begin his teaching career. His teaching achievements were recognized when he was selected as Albion Central School’s “Educator of the Year” in 1995. He was superintendent of the Barker School District for six years and in 2013 accepted the challenge of also leading the Roy-Hart School District. There are very few superintendents who can say that they have successfully supervised two school districts. District accomplishments for Barker Central School include: a district ranking of 17 among the 98 Western New York school districts, a district “Achievement Index” ranking of two out of 425 schools across New York State and a “Silver Medal” rating by US News and World Report.

Dr. Klatt has received many awards during his successful career. Among them are: Niagara University Educational Leader of the Year in 2014, Coca-Cola’s Joseph B. Whitehead Educator of Distinction in 2010. He was selected to serve on the NYS Education Commissioner’s Advisory Council and as middle-level liaison to the NYS Education Department.

He lives in Barker with his wife of 24 years, Kristen. They have two daughters, Emily and Madeline. Emily recently graduated from Purdue University in Pharmacology and Madeline is in her third year at Oswego State University studying Business Management.

Renee A. Garrett, Class of 1993

Renee GarrettRenee Garrett was inspired to pursue a career in education by influential teachers and a love for working with children. She earned a Liberal Arts & Science Teacher Education Transfer degree from GCC in 1993.  After graduation from GCC she went on to SUNY Geneseo where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Reading and Literacy, and to The College at Brockport for a Master’s degree in Educational Administration and Supervision. 

Renee began her career as a special education teacher in the Attica Central School District in 1996, where she also taught first grade from 2000-2002. Her management abilities were quickly recognized, and in 2002 she became principal of Sheldon Elementary in Attica. In 2006, she was hired as superintendent of Mt. Morris Central School District, and she moved to Wayne Central Schools in 2010.  Recently, Renee was selected as superintendent of the Forestville Central School District. 

During her time leading the Wayne Central Schools, Renee increased momentum of the new International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme and implemented tools to eliminate instructional gaps and redundancies. Two Wayne buildings were designated as high achieving schools. In 2012 Renee was highlighted in “Women To Watch” in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Renee lives in Forestville, New York with her husband Mike and their dog Tess.