Rueger awarded SUNY Chancellor’s Award

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

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Rueger awarded SUNY Chancellor’s Award

William Rueger, director of Facilities at SUNY Maritime College, received a Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service from the State University of New York.

Rueger has worked at Maritime for 27 years, starting as a helper in the campus power plant. Since then, he has overseen routine maintenance and capital improvements, complex building renovations and new construction, and disaster response management.

“Returning visitors and alumni can often be heard commenting on the impressive progress the campus has made over the past 15 years since William Accepted the responsibility of director of Facilities,” said William Herrmann, deputy director of Facilities and capital program manager. “His care and concern are broad and genuine and extend to all students, faculty, staff, alumni and visitors who have ever walked on the campus he calls ‘home.’ In fact, his heart is so big, it’s often a wonder how it fits on a 52-acre peninsula.”

Rueger is well known on campus for going above and beyond the call of duty.

“There’s two things I can say about Billy Rueger: he truly cares and he’s all in,” said Scott Dieterich, vice president of finance and administration. “It’s as simple as that. He’s always available for anything anyone needs.”

He has supervised approximately $200 million in completed and commissioned projects, overseen upgrades to the college electrical, steam and water distribution systems, and responded to campus emergencies including a dorm fire, a collapsed dock ramp, and Hurricane Sandy.

Hurricane Sandy tore roof membranes from campus buildings, flooded basements and utility tunnels, and knocked out power on campus for days. He was recognized by Gov. Andrew Cuomo for his efforts to restore the campus.

“His continued dedication and commitment to the highest level of professional service has resulted in significant innovation, progress and advancement of our campus,” said Rear Adm. Michael Alfultis, president of Maritime College. “He has been a mentor to many, generously sharing his knowledge and expertise, doing so with kindness, humor and without judgment.”

Nor are his efforts to maintain and improve the campus his only contributions to Maritime College.

When the coach unexpectedly quit, Rueger stepped in to coach, train and mentor the college cross-country team. He travels with them around the region’s parks and trails to ensure they get interesting and challenging workouts and helps them to balance academics, athletics and their other responsibilities on campus.

“He sacrifices so much of himself to make sure the student-athletes have every opportunity available to ensure their success in the classroom, on the team and for their futures,” Herrmann said. “He treats every one of his runners as though they are his own children, and there isn’t any doubt about his care and commitment to them.”

Rueger received the award during an end-of-semester barbecue on campus.