(Republished from The Oneida County Courier)

The Oneida County Historical Hall of Fame—begun in 1946—has named nine individuals to its 2010 inductee class.  Four inductees constitute this year’s Richard W. Couper “Living Legends” class—Masonic Medical Research Lab director Dr. Charles Antzelevitch, Matt’s Brewery CEO Nicholas Matt, historian Virginia Kelly, and USC President Philip Williams.  They join five others: Dr. Amariah Brigham, Nicholas Devereux, John Dove, John MacDonald, and Major General James McQuade, in the Historical Hall of Fame.

Philip Williams—Has served as President of the Utica School of Commerce since 1983, after filling other administrative positions since joining USC in 1968.  He is the fourth generation to serve in this role in the business college founded by his great grandfather, Thomas J. Risinger, in 1896.   He is a member of numerous local, regional, and New York State educational development entities, and has served chairmanships of the Board of Trustees for both the NYS Higher Education Services Corporation and for Oneida County BOCES.  Mr. Williams is highly active in promoting the local community, serving as a trustee for the Mohawk Valley Chamber of Commerce, the City of Utica Empire Zone, the Greater Mohawk Valley Community & Elder Wellness Council, and the Neighborhood Center of Utica, among many.