Corning Incorporated Headquarters from the Chemung River

Corning Incorporated Receives "Benefactor Vision for Tomorrow" Award

Saratoga Springs, September 21, 2013–The New York Community College Trustees (NYCCT) of the State University of New York has awarded Corning Incorporated the Benefactor Vision for Tomorrow Award.

​Established in 2000, it is the highest award that can be made to a local community college benefactor for its dedication and commitment to a local community college. Gail Baity, Director of Workforce Development and Learning, Corning Incorporated, accepted the award at NYCCT’s 59th Annual Conference and Award Presentation.

Corning Incorporated has played an instrumental role in the founding and continued development of Corning Community College. Over six decades ago, Corning Glass Works (now Corning Incorporated) envisioned an institution which would afford young people in their community the opportunity to earn a college education. Their vision, leadership, and generosity led to the formation of New York State’s twelfth community college—Corning Community College. Since those formative years, and in each subsequent decade, Corning Incorporated has contributed immeasurable resources to the College’s ongoing evolution and success.

Corning Community College’s President, Dr. Katherine P. Douglas, expressed her appreciation: “We would like to acknowledge and thank the many executives, employees, and family members of Corning Incorporated, Corning Incorporated Foundation, and Corning Enterprises who have contributed—and continue to contribute—their vision, inspiration, leadership, resources, and direction to this College and to this community.” She added, “We truly appreciate the growth, success, and transformation that the Corning Incorporated Foundation has made possible and the tens of thousands of lives it has helped transform in this region.”

About Corning Incorporated

Corning Incorporated ( is the world leader in specialty glass and ceramics. Drawing on more than 160 years of materials science and process engineering knowledge, Corning creates and makes keystone components that enable high-technology systems for consumer electronics, mobile emissions control, telecommunications, and life sciences. Its products include glass substrates for LCD televisions; computer monitors and laptops; ceramic substrates and filters for mobile emission control systems; optical fiber, cable, hardware and equipment for telecommunications networks; optical biosensors for drug discovery; and other advanced optics and specialty glass solutions for a number of industries including semiconductor, aerospace, defense, astronomy, and metrology.

About Corning Community College

Corning Community College serves life-long learners in the region by providing access to high-quality, affordable transfer, career, and workforce development educational opportunities. The learning environment fosters diversity, empowerment, leadership, and teamwork for academic, professional, and personal success. We collaborate locally and promote global awareness for social, environmental, and economic sustainability.


NYCCT is a voluntary nonprofit consortium of community college trustees established to strengthen the effectiveness of NY community college trustees as an active force in the development and implementation of public policy impacting community colleges. NYCCT’s mission is to strengthen trustees of community colleges through education, advocacy, and communication. NYCCT represents the appointed board members who govern the 30 community colleges in the State University of New York (SUNY) system and the six community colleges in the City University of New York (CUNY) system.

About the State University of New York

The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States, educating more than 427,000 students in 7,669 degree and certificate programs on 64 campuses. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit