Professor Gail Tylec, director of the Faculty Resource Center for Academic Excellence at Niagara County Community College, has been selected as one of 10 finalists for the ATHENA Leadership Award in collaboration with the Buffalo Niagara Partnership. ATHENA International is a non-profit that seeks to support, develop, and honor women leaders, with the Buffalo Niagara Partnership serving as the area representative.
Tylec has been an employee of NCCC for 30 years, where she has served as a senior faculty member, coordinator of physical education studies, Teacher Education Program, and was appointed as the interim vice president of Academic Affairs in 2018. In recognition of Tylec’s many contributions to NCCC she was a recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service, and was also honored as a Distinguished Alumni of the College.
In addition to Tylec’s notable professional career, she is involved in many volunteer activities, including facilitating the Western New York Girls in Sports Volleyball Station, and is the co-founder and former director of the Niagara Frontier Jr. Olympic Volleyball Club. In 2018, she received a Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Legacy grant for a girls’ volleyball pilot program that impacted girls ages 12 and under in the Niagara Falls and North Tonawanda School Districts.
Of the nomination for this award, Tylec said, “The honor is significant. This award specifically recognizes the efforts of female leaders in the community who serve as mentors for other emerging women of vision and purpose. To be included in the company of the class of 2019 finalists is humbling.”
The ATHENA Leadership Award is selected by a secret ballot and will be announced at the 29th annual ATHENA Awards Luncheon at 11 a.m on Tuesday, June 4, at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.