BATAVIA — A retired Le Roy businessman whose dedication to civil service is widely known in Genesee County will be honored at Genesee Community College’s first-ever virtual commencement.
Robert L. Boyce will be presented with the 2020 Alpha Medal of Service, awarded by GCC Foundation at the virtual commencement June 6.
Since it was established in 2006, the Alpha Medal of Service has honored individuals who have provided extraordinary volunteer and/or philanthropic support to Genesee Community College.
“This distinguished medal recognizes recipients that exemplify high levels of service to the college and the community and expresses appreciation to individuals whose influence positively impacts the growth and well-being of Genesee Community College,” according to a press release.
Boyce served as president of the Genesee Community College Foundation from 2012 to 2015 and has been a board member since 2005.
He has served in a number of capacities, including serving on the Finance Committee and the Fund Development Committee as chairman, the Risk Management Committee, several Annual Campaign committees, as well as the search committees for GCC’s annual fund director.
Boyce is retired from Tompkins Insurance Agencies. He was president and CEO of Ernest Townsend and Son, Inc. from 1972 through 2000, when he sold his interest in the firm to the Tompkins Holding Company.
His other civic leadership commitments include nine years on the United Memorial Medical Center Group Board including a term as president; 10 serving as president with the Le Roy Emergency Ambulance Service; and 50 years as a member and past president of the Le Roy International Rotary Club where he is also a Paul Harris Fellow. He was a member of the Town of Le Roy Board of Assessment and Review for 15 years and a trustee of Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Le Roy. He was recently named the LeRoyan of the Year in 2018.
Boyce served in the U.S. Army and graduated with a Business degree from the University of Buffalo.
In his spare time, Boyce enjoys time with his wife, Elizabeth (Beth), their three adult children and six grandchildren. He is also a 50-year veteran season ticket holder for both the Buffalo Bills and the Buffalo Sabres.
Commencement begins at 1 p.m. June 6 and can be viewed at www.genesee.edu.