ATHENA Leadership Award Finalist: Katherine Conway-Turner

The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is pleased to introduce you to the finalists who have been selected for the 2017 ATHENA® Awards. We will bring you profiles of each finalist in the weeks ahead, leading up to the awards ceremony luncheon on Thursday, March 30th, 2017 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

So come back often and you’ll learn what it means to be an Athena. And be sure to save the date – March 30 – to attend the awards luncheon.

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Katherine Conway-TurnerKatherine Conway-Turner, Ph.D.
Buffalo State College

Katherine Conway-Turner, Ph.D., is president of Buffalo State College, appointed by the SUNY Board of Trustees in 2014. She is a lifelong learner, educator, scholar, author, and humanitarian. During a 31-year career in higher education, she has served in a variety of leadership and administrative positions as well as held the rank of professor of psychology at five universities. Prior to joining Buffalo State College, Dr. Conway-Turner was provost and vice president for academic affairs at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland.

First Job Out of School

Dr. Conway-Turner’s first job on completing her degrees at the University of Kansas and post-doctoral studies at UCLA, was to take a position as an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Santa Clara University.

Career Highlights

While Dr. Conway-Turner says there are so many highlights in her career, she points to two examples — attending commencement ceremonies and leading the amazing institution, Buffalo State College. Each year her life is filled with joy as she confers degrees at commencement. She also loves leading Buffalo State College, SUNY’s urban engaged campus where they work collaboratively with the city of Buffalo in ways that benefit the learning of the students while also providing benefit to agencies, offices and institutions throughout Buffalo.

 On Buffalo Niagara

“I grew up in the Midwest and so I very much enjoy a true sense of community. Buffalo has the heart of a much smaller town. Here people know each other, reach out and help when needed, and truly want to elevate all members of the community. It feels like home whether you have lived here several generations or a few years. I also love the pride people have in Western New York. This is manifested by the excitement that is felt by the development and structural growth in the region, it is felt by the enthusiasm for the hometown teams, and it is felt when anyone receives a noteworthy accomplishment. ‘Buffalove’ is a real thing here and it is great to see the pride throughout the city and the region.”

Best Piece of Advice Given Regarding Her Career

Don’t let someone else set limits for you or limit your aspirations. Someone may look at you and pigeon hole you, but “reach for the stars” and don’t accept the limitations others may have for you.

About Being an Athena Finalist

“It is a wonderful honor to be named a finalist, especially to be among the amazing other finalists this year. I believe that successful women can be an important model for others and thus it is a privilege to be recognized in this way.”