Peter A. Spina Field dedicated
President Yeigh welcomed Peter A. Spina, former interim president of SUNYIT, back to campus September 29 for a ceremony dedicating the new campus baseball field. The facility, now known as "Peter A. Spina Field," was named in recognition of Spina's philanthropic support for SUNYIT, his work as interim president from 2004 to 2008, and his personal performance as a student-athlete while attending the University at Albany as an undergraduate in the 1960s.
"It's always a pleasure to welcome Dr. Spina back to SUNYIT," Yeigh said. "This is a fitting tribute for someone who has given back in so many ways, so that future student-athletes will have opportunities for success here."
Construction of "Peter A. Spina Field," which was completed last year, was part of an upgrade in campus athletic facilities totaling more than $20 million that also included the new Wildcat Field House and Wildcat Field.
"On behalf of the SUNYIT Foundation, I want to express our appreciation for Dr. Spina's support," said Michael Evke, chair of the SUNYIT Foundation. "Thanks to him, the next generation of successful SUNYIT students will get the chance to excel just as he did as a student, athlete, faculty member, administrator and college president."
From 1981 to 1999, Spina was president of Monroe Community College in Rochester, N.Y., and his career also included a number of positions at Suffolk County Community College in Selden, N.Y. His academic career began in the West Islip Public Schools in West Islip, N.Y., where he was a high school English teacher.
Peter A. Spina Field is home to the Wildcat baseball team and will also be used for intramurals, summer camps and various community groups. The field was relocated and newly designed as part of more than $20 million in athletic facilities improvements including Wildcat Field House and Wildcat Field authorized in the state's 2006-07 capital budget.
Doing the honors at the September 29 ceremony are, l. to r., head baseball coach Kevin Edick, Foundation Board and College Council member Theodore Max, College Council chair Donald Hanson, SUNYIT former interim president Peter Spina, SUNYIT president Wolf Yeigh, director of athletics Kevin Grimmer, Foundation chair Michael Evke.
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