Clarkson bestows its highest award on former NYSTAR director
Sunday, May 11, 2014 - 4:50 pm

POTSDAM -- Clarkson University's highest community service honor, the Bertrand H. Snell Award, was given to Edward Reinfurt at a dinner hosted by Clarkson President Tony Collins and University trustees on campus Thursday night.

Reinfurt was executive director of NYSTAR of the New York Foundation for Science, Technology, and Innovation from 2007 until its reorganization in 2011 into the Empire State Development Corporation (ESD), New York State's primary economic development agency. He served as director of ESD's Division of Science, Technology and Innovation until his retirement in February.

The Snell Award was created to recognize individuals of outstanding merit and to honor Bertrand Snell’s significant contributions to the university, the North Country, and the nation. Snell, the congressman who introduced the original St. Lawrence Seaway legislation in 1917, was a Clarkson trustee for 47 years.