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Two New Members Join SUNY-ESF Board of Trustees


SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Two Central New Yorkers have been appointed to the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) board of trustees.

They are Heidi J. Busa of Skaneateles, a science teacher at Marcellus High School, and Gregory Harden of McConnellsville, president of Harden Furniture Co. They were appointed in February by Gov. George Pataki.

Busa chairs the science department at Marcellus High School. She teaches environmental studies, biomedical and chemical technologies, and earth science. In 1996, she acted as the advisor to a group of Marcellus High School students who won a $10,000 award in a national contest sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. For the contest, called Operation Green Eyes, the students devised a plan to convert a local quarry into a wildlife habitat.

In addition to teaching, Busa serves on the statewide steering committee for Project Learning Tree, an environmental education program. She was named as one of five National Outstanding Educators for the project in 1995.

Busa has been teaching in Marcellus since 1992. She previously taught at Fowler and Corcoran high schools in Syracuse.

She earned her bachelor's degree in forest biology from ESF in 1980 and her master's degree in science education from Syracuse University in 1983.

Harden is president and chief executive officer of Harden Furniture Co. of McConnellsville.

He has headed the family business since 1991. He oversees the company's two manufacturing facilities, 500 employees, and annual sales of approximately $40 million. The company maintains its own sawmills and thousands of acres of forested lands in New York state.

Harden previously served the company as executive vice president for sales and marketing and as a regional sales representative in the Philadelphia area.

Harden has been active with the Rome Family YMCA and the Camden Area Chamber of Commerce.

He earned his bachelor's degree in political science and economics in 1978 from Colgate University.