St. Lawrence College (SLC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Abram Benedict as the new Chair of its Board of Governors for a one-year term commencing September 1, 2022. Joining the SLC Board of Governors as of 2017, Abram Benedict has served as vice-president since September 2020. He will assume the role of council chair on September 1 to lead the council through the 2022-23 academic year, succeeding Roger Richard, whose term on the council s ended in August after six years of dedicated service.
Abram Benedict is currently the Grand Chief of the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne. As Grand Chief, Abram leads a vibrant 12-member council that governs the Mohawk community of Akwesasne. The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne is a progressive First Nations community that straddles the borders of Ontario, Quebec and New York State and offers a wide variety of services to its more than 10,000 members. A lifelong resident of Akwesasne and passionate about youth empowerment and community capacity building, Abram serves as a Governor of St. Lawrence College and is currently a member of the Aboriginal Circle of the Chairman of the Parole Board of Canada. Abram’s excellent community leadership and political experience has enabled him to lead a community government, meet the needs of his people, raise the positive profile of his community and improve relations between the second largest community of the Akwesasne First Nations in Canada and the governments of Canada, Ontario and Quebec and local municipalities.
“We look forward to working with Chief Benedict as the new Chairman of the Board of Trustees and we know from his time on the Board that he is very committed to helping our students and our colleges succeed,” said Glenn Vollebregt, President and CEO of SLC. “His experience and community leadership will be a great advantage in leading the College as we enter year four of the priorities set out in our strategic plan, SLC in Five.”