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Cuomo names new leader of Buffalo State College Council

Linda A. Dobmeier has been appointed chairwoman of the Buffalo State College Council by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

Dobmeier is vice president of Dobmeier Janitor Supply Inc. and a past chairwoman of the Buffalo State College Foundation.

Dobmeier succeeds Howard Zemsky, who stepped down from the council following his nomination as president and CEO of Empire State Development.

Cuomo also appointed Allen F. “Pete” Grum, president and chief executive officer at Rand Capital Corp., to the council to fill the vacancy left by Zemsky.

Grum’s term will expire on June 30.

In addition, Charles Naughton, a 1985 alumnus of the college and former firefighter who now practices law, was reappointed to the College Council for a term to expire on June 30, 2021.

Dobmeier, after earning her bachelor’s degree in elementary education at Buffalo State, spent 11 years teaching on Grand Island and earned a master’s degree in education from the University at Buffalo and a master’s degree in business administration from Canisius College. In 1982, she joined her family’s business, which she continues to manage today.

She has served on the Council since 2012.

Zemsky led the college’s search in 2013 and 2104 for a new president, which resulted in the appointment last summer of Katherine S. Conway-Turner.