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ESF College Foundation Board Gets Two New Members


SYRACUSE, N.Y. ­ Stephen V. Ardia of Skaneateles, N.Y., and Walter P. Smith '54 of Portola Valley, Calif., were elected members of the board of directors of the ESF College Foundation, Inc.

The election was held at the board's annual spring meeting May 1, said ESF College Foundation President R. Leland Davis, president of Galson Corporation.

Ardia retired as president and chief executive officer of Environment One Corp. of Niskayuna, N.Y. A 1963 graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Ardia earned a master's of business administration degree from Rutgers University. He has served on the boards of Maxim Technologies, Inc., Langer Biomechanics Group, Inc., and New York Chiropractic College. Ardia's sons, Daniel R. and David S., earned master's degrees from ESF in 1997 and 1995, respectively.

Smith, who studied pulp and paper technology and high polymer chemistry at ESF, is the founder and former chief executive officer of Prognostics, Inc. He also holds a master's of business administration from Harvard University. In 1998, Smith contributed $200,000 to ESF's Appeal for the Jahn Laboratory. The new building's main teaching laboratory was named the Walter P. Smith Laboratory in honor of his gift.

"We are delighted to have recruited two such successful business managers and entrepreneurs in service to the ESF College Foundation," said Davis.

Directors of the foundation are elected for three-year terms.