Alumni News


MVCC 2012 Alumni of Merit Winner.  


John Buffa


Picture of John Buffa



Mohawk Valley Community College has named John Buffa ’85, senior vice president and regional commercial banking manager at NBT Bank, as the 2012 Alumnus of Merit. The MVCC Alumni of Merit Award is presented annually by the MVCC Alumni Association to a nominee who has contributed to the improvement of the community, helped the college, and otherwise demonstrated professional leadership that symbolizes MVCC’s mission of student success and community involvement.

Buffa was born and raised in Yorkville, graduating from Whitesboro High School in 1980. Since graduating from MVCC in 1985 with an associate degree in banking and insurance, he has spent 25 years in the commercial banking industry with a focus on commercial lending, business development, and credit risk and analysis. He has been with NBT Bank for 18 years.

Buffa is also active in the community, serving as immediate past chair on the Mohawk Valley EDGE Board of Directors, first vice president of the Upstate Cerebral Palsy Board of Directors, and treasurer of the Utica Industrial Development Agency. Buffa also has been involved with the Rotary Club of Utica, Kiwanis Club of Utica, Mohawk Valley Chamber of Commerce, and the Central New York Community Arts Council. He currently lives in Utica with his wife, Nancy, and two children, Tara and Matt.

Buffa has remained engaged with the college, and he regularly takes part in the annual MVCC Foundation Golf Tournament. He received the award at the Spring Commencement ceremony.

MVCC dedicates Mike Briggs Fitness Center at Jorgensen Center

Mohawk Valley Community College formally dedicated the fitness center on its Utica Campus in honor of Mike Briggs ’63 on Monday, June 18. On hand at the unveiling of the Mike Briggs Fitness Center were MVCC President Randall J. VanWagoner, Ph.D., County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. ’84, MVCC Athletic Director Gary Broadhurst, and Briggs, along with MVCC coaches and student athletes.

The event was held in the lobby of the new Robert R. Jorgensen Athletic/Events Center on MVCC’s Utica campus. The naming, approved by MVCC’s Board of Trustees and the MVCC Foundation Board of Directors, honors Briggs’ pivotal role in the creation of the Jorgensen Center. Starting Monday, Briggs’ name will be displayed across the state-of-the-art Fitness Center as a sign of his lasting, positive impact on MVCC athletics and all MVCC students’ access to physical fitness and wellness resources.

Briggs, an MVCC Alumnus of Merit Award-winner, played intercollegiate baseball with Jorgensen as his coach. After MVCC, Briggs went on to a successful career in which he rose to the executive ranks of UPS. Briggs is a longtime supporter of MVCC through an endowed scholarship fund in his name, planned giving, and numerous other gifts. Through his personal philanthropy and advocacy on behalf of MVCC, Briggs catalyzed more than $5 million in private-sector donations which helped elevate the concept of the Center into the showpiece athletic practice and performance center for the MVCC students of today. It was Briggs’ suggestion that the Center be named in honor of Jorgensen, the longtime coach and athletic director who led the MVCC Hawks from humble beginnings to national prominence.

At the  ceremony, VanWagoner, Picente, and Broadhurst spoke on the important history of MVCC Hawks athletics, and Briggs was recognized in person.