Sep. 28, 2012

West Inducted into NYS Mathematics Educators Hall of Fame


GENESEO, N.Y. - The New York State Association of Mathematics Supervisors (NYSAMS) is inducting SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Mathematics Stephen F. West into its Mathematics Educators Hall of Fame. He will be honored by the New York State Association of Mathematics Supervisors at the 2012 Leadership Summit and Hall of Fame Dinner this evening in Albany.

West joined Geneseo faculty in 1979 and retired in 2007 but has held additional college positions since then, including interim director of institutional research and faculty coordinator of GREAT Day, when Geneseo students bring their research and creative endeavors before the college's faculty, fellow students and public. He also has served as associate dean of the college.

Throughout his career at Geneseo, West exemplified the highest ideals of teaching, helping both students and colleagues achieve their full potential, said President Christopher C. Dahl.

"Geneseo is proud to have Steve in our emeriti family," said Dahl. "We thank him for his service to the college, the community and the mathematics education profession. His leadership and passion have shaped lives of purpose and enriched the liberal arts tradition at Geneseo."

The chair of Geneseo's mathematics department, Chris Leary, said West remains a powerful figure in secondary mathematics education in New York State.

"The care that he brought to the classroom, the guidance and innovation that he brought to curricular issues, and the mentoring that he brought his students all combined to make our department a place that inspired mathematics educators across the state and nation," said Leary.

West also received a SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1991 and the Distinguished Teaching Award from the Seaway Section of the Mathematical Association of America in 1993.

Media Contact:
David Irwin
Media Relations Manager
(585) 245-5516