SJC Names Three New Board of Trustees

BROOKLYN AND PATCHOGUE, N.Y. – December 5, 2013 - St. Joseph’s College (SJC) is pleased to announce that it has elected three new members to its Board of Trustees: Alberta Marie Aldinger ’70, Michael E. Ryan of The LandTek Group, Inc. and Steve Somers ’82 of Vigon International, Inc.

“The College is delighted to welcome the newest installment of three very distinguished individuals to join its leadership,” said SJC President S. Elizabeth Hill, C.S.J., J.D. “Each of our new trustees bring a unique perspective to their position as board members and we look forward to the guidance and expertise that they will provide us in the future.”

Alberta Marie Aldinger ’70 serves on the board of directors and as secretary of the executive committee of Community Gatepath, the largest non-profit organization in San Mateo County helping people with disabilities achieve personal goals and live full, productive lives. A resident of Hillsborough, Calif., Ms. Aldinger is an active community member and philanthropist with a long history of volunteering for non-profits that focus on disadvantaged and disabled individuals.

Michael E. Ryan is the president of The Landtek Group, Inc., a national company specializing in sports facility design and construction since 1979. With more than 25 years of experience in the industry, Mr. Ryan has built state-of-the-art facilities for the New York Mets, the New York Yankees and the New York Jets, among numerous other sports teams, colleges and universities, schools and municipalities throughout the northeast. 

Steve Somers ’82 is the owner and president of Vigon International, Inc., a leading manufacturer of high quality flavor and fragrance ingredients, including essential oils, oleoresins, botanical extracts and natural and synthetic aroma extracts. Founded in 1988, the company was purchased by Mr. Somers 10 years later and has since grown exponentially in both employee and facility size. One of Lehigh Valley’s fastest growing companies, Vigon International was named one of the “Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania” in 2013.

About St. Joseph's College

St. Joseph's College has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the College provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility, and service. With campuses located in the Clinton Hill area of Brooklyn and in Patchogue, Long Island, the College offers degrees in more than 29 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs.

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