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Mount honors David Melby with service award, welcomes new students

August 31, 2018
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -

Mount President Dr. Jason N. Adsit presents the Mount Saint Mary College Community Service Award to David Melby for his many contributions to the college and the community.

Mount President Dr. Jason N. Adsit (right) presents the Mount Saint Mary College Community Service Award to David Melby for his many contributions to the college and the community.

 

Mount Saint Mary College welcomed its newest students and honored David Melby, Senior Vice President at Rose & Kiernan Inc. insurance agency, at the 59th Annual Academic Convocation on Thursday, August 30.

The college presented Melby with the prestigious Mount Saint Mary College Community Service Award for his unwavering dedication to supporting local community resources, with a focus on education and the special needs population. 

Melby is a graduate of Arlington High School and Ithaca College. He spent 12 years as managing partner of The Daniels Agency in Pawling, N.Y., prior to merging with Rose & Kiernan Inc. insurance agency in 2004. As Senior Vice President of the company, Melby manages the employee benefits practice at their Fishkill office.  

He and his wife, Lynn, enjoy life with their five children in New Milford, Conn. In addition to Melby’s professional and family commitments, he invests considerable time into the community. He is currently the board chair at Abilities First in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and trustee at Anderson Foundation for Autism in Staatsburg, N.Y. He also is a member of the Dutchess County Local Development Council’s Business Services Committee. Melby served for nine years as a trustee at Mount Saint Mary College and was also board chair for the Anderson Center for Autism. He serves on the President’s Advisory Council at the Mount and is the Chairman for the Golf and Tennis Committee at the Mount. 

 

Mount Saint Mary College welcomed about 500 freshman/transfer students at the 59th Annual Academic Convocation on Thursday, August 30.

Mount Saint Mary College welcomed about 500 freshman/transfer students at the 59th Annual Academic Convocation on Thursday, August 30.

 

The Convocation ceremony also welcomed hundreds of freshmen and transfer students into the Mount’s academic programs and celebrated their first week of study at the college. Dr. Jason N. Adsit, president of the Mount, encouraged students to explore new and engaging academic paths. 

“Challenge yourself,” he said. “Take classes…that push you in ways you’ve never been pushed before. You’re blessed with an unbelievable faculty who’s ready to help you do that.” 

Dr. Adsit began his presidential tenure at the college on June 1. He comes to the Mount from D’Youville College in Buffalo, N.Y., where he served as Dean of the School of Arts, Sciences, and Education, as well as Director of the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program. 

Student Government Association President Kayla O’Connor of Kearny, N.J. encouraged the new students to focus on academics. 

“Do not forget why you are here – to learn, to get a good education, and to go out into the world with a valuable college degree,” she said. “College years can be the best time of your life…attend all your classes, be engaged, use your weekends as stress relievers, and get involved in campus life.”