MWPAI President Anthony J. Spiridigloizzi is retiring August 4 after 35 years of dedicated service.

Tony joined MWPAI as Treasurer in 1982 and became Vice President 10 years later. In 2011, he accepted the presidency as our region and nation faced difficult financial challenges. “He has provided superb leadership and has overseen tremendous audience growth and engagement in MWPAI’s programs. We are grateful for his many years of dedicated service,” said Vige Barrie, Chair of the MWPAI Board of Trustees.

Tony’s impact on the Institute has gone far beyond his keen financial stewardship.  He has seen beyond the numbers in furtherance of the Institute’s mission, vision and values. During his tenure as President, he led the drive for the Institute to become more inviting and accessible to the community, while also cultivating a culture of philanthropy in support of the Institute’s many programs.

In addition to his years at MWPAI, Tony has shared his time and expertise by serving on the boards of a number of charitable organizations including the Utica Public Library, Upstate Caring Partners, Black River Outdoor Education Program and Slocum Dickson-Foundation. He is the current Board President for Mohawk Valley Handicap Services, a Upstate Cerebral Palsy affiliate.

Please join us in wishing Tony well as he starts this new chapter in life. We know he intends to spend more time traveling and exploring the outdoors, all the while enjoying time with his family.
 
To honor his many years of service and leadership, and in recognition of his impact on the community, we have established the Anthony J. Spiridigloizzi Scholarship Fund to benefit local students attending the PrattMWP College of Art and Design.

Those who wish to participate in this fund may send contributions to the MWPAI Development Office, 310 Genesee St., Utica, NY 13501 or call 315-797-0055.