With more than 35 years as an educator and 32 years as an elected official in the Town of Owasco, John Joseph Klink ’66 has extensive experience that will prove useful in his four-year term as a member of the Cayuga Community College Board of Trustees. Klink was nominated for the position by Cayuga County Democratic Chair Katie Lacey, and formally appointed by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo to fill the vacant position at the beginning of the year.
“First and foremost the College’s main focus should be to provide a first-rate education for students in our community,” Klink said. “I believe that begins with the Board of Trustees working together to equip professors and staff with an environment that fosters quality education and opportunity for all students.”
The 10-member Board of Trustees, which meets monthly, governs the College and is responsible for such areas as approving budget requests, personnel decisions, and capital projects. The Governor appoints four trustees for seven-year terms; five are appointed by the Cayuga County Legislature for seven-year terms; a student trustee is elected annually and serves for one year.
“We’re very pleased to have John on the Board,” said President Daniel P. Larson. “His combination of experience in education and municipal government will help inform Board discussions and College planning. We expect to accomplish a lot at the College in the next four years, and we look forward to working with him on those activities.”
Klink graduated from Cayuga in 1966 with an associate’s degree in liberal arts, and then went on to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees at SUNY Brockport. He spent three years at Albion Central School and 32 years teaching social studies at Southern Cayuga Central Schools, including 17 years as the chair of the Social Studies Department.
In 1980, he was elected as a councilman on the Owasco Town Board and continued to serve in that role until 2008 when he became the town supervisor. He served four years in that role before accepting this appointment.
“Auburn [now Cayuga] Community College provided me with an opportunity to receive a higher education,” Klink said. “That opportunity led to a 35-year career in secondary education. The position of Trustee provides me with the chance to give back to the College.”
Klink was an active member of many community organizations, including Seymour Library Board of Trustees, Owasco Lake Watershed Management Council, and Cayuga County Water Quality Management Agency. He is a member of Sacred Heart Church and Owasco Watershed Lake Association. On January 19, the New York State Senate adopted a resolution, sponsored by Assemblyman Finch and Assemblyman Kolb, to honor Klink.
He has been married 43 years to Cayuga alumna Suzanne (LePine) Klink, and the couple has two children Katherine Klink Joynt and Kevin P. Klink and eight grandchildren.