For Immediate Release — Friday, Feb. 3, 2006


Mary E. McCrank

Media Relations Officer

(585) 245-5516

Charles V. Reyes appointed director of environmental health and safety at SUNY Geneseo

GENESEO, N.Y. — Charles V. "Chuck" Reyes has been appointed the director of environmental health and safety for the State University of New York at Geneseo.

Reyes comes to Geneseo from SUNY College at Brockport, where he worked since 2002 as an environmental health and safety officer. His responsibilities at Geneseo will include overseeing all aspects of environmental health and safety, including preparing the college for its audit by the Environmental Protection Agency in October. Reyes assumed his new duties in November.

Reyes brings with him into his new role a wealth of experience in the field of environmental health and safety, said Geneseo Vice President for Finance and Administration Ken Levison.

"We are delighted to have Chuck as a member of our community," said Levison. "His background and experience in many environmental health and safety positions, including at colleges, will allow him to continue and expand upon the successful programs we have developed here at Geneseo with the support of our faculty and staff."

Reyes received his bachelor's degree in biology from Brockport in 1988 and began his science career in environmental contract laboratories. In 1996, he joined Safety-Kleen Corp. as a chemist, advancing in the company to serve as a health, training and safety manager and then as a health and safety manager, managing nine area locations in the Rochester area. He was responsible for all health and safety training, clinic visits, and site inspections relating to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the National Fire Protection Agency and New York state building codes.

A certified chemical hygiene officer and certified code enforcement official, Reyes has done everything from analyzing environmental samples for metals and organics, such as PCBs and pesticides, to inspecting plants to ensure equipment is equipped for worker safety to inspecting buildings for hazardous conditions.

In his role at Geneseo, Reyes will work closely with the entire college community, with an emphasis on facilities, the art and science departments, and anyone who produces hazardous waste. He will train faculty, staff and resident assistants on how to properly dispose of waste, and in fire safety. He also plans to implement a fire safety training program he conducted at Brockport that met with great success. At Brockport, Reyes helped run a fire extinguisher trainer. During two occasions when the trainer was set up on a central area of campus, many faculty, staff and students stopped by to experiment with the equipment, learning techniques on how to extinguish fires.

Reyes said he enjoys working with people to accomplish achievement of environmental health and safety standards and ensuring buildings are up to codes.

"A lot of this has helped me bridge relationships with people," he said. "You're building bridges, and that's how you get things done."

Reyes lives in Pittsford, N.Y., with his wife, Lisa, whom he met in a chemistry class at SUNY Brockport, and their two children, Jared, 11, and Kaitlin, 8. He is a native of New Rochelle, N.Y.