April 9, 2014 — Fulton-Montgomery Community College is pleased to announce this year’s Keynote Speaker for the 2014 commencement exercises on Friday, May 16 will be Congressman Chris Gibson and student speaker will be Casey Madsen.
Congressman Gibson grew up in a working class family in Columbia County, in the town of Kinderhook. The son of a union man, Gibson attended local public school Ichabod Crane and was the Point Guard and Co-Captain of the High School Basketball Team.
At 17, Gibson enlisted in the New York National Guard and later earned an ROTC Commission at nearby Siena College. The first in his family to go to college, Gibson graduated magna cum laude with a BA in History. He later earned an MPA and PhD in Government from Cornell University and is the author of Securing the State, a book on national security decision-making published in 2008.
After retiring from the Army in 2010, Gibson was elected to represent the 20th Congressional District and re-elected in 2012 to represent the 19th Congressional District. In Congress, he serves on the House Armed Services Committee (Subcommittees: Tactical Air and Land Forces; Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities; Military Personnel), the House Agriculture Committee (Subcommittees: General Farm Commodities and Risk Management; Livestock, Rural Development, and Credit), and the Republican Policy Committee.
Gibson has been married to Mary Jo, a NYS Licensed Clinical Social Worker, for over 17 years and they have three children: Katie, Maggie, and Connor.
Student speaker Casey Madsen will graduate with an A.A.S. degree in Radiologic Technology. She plans to enroll at SUNY Albany to study human biology (pre-med). Her goal is to be an interventional radiologist.
While at FM, Madsen has been active in the college community. She serves as the Student Trustee on the College’s Board of Trustees, she is a member of the college academic honor society Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), and for the last two years, she has been awarded Who’s Who in American Junior Colleges. At the Student Government Association meetings, she has been the Medical Imaging Club senator.
Madsen was named a recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Student Service Award in recognition of her service to the campus and community. The award is sponsored by F.A.C.E., the Fulmont Association of College Educators.
Madsen is the daughter of Bob and Tammy Madsen of St. Johnsville. She is a graduate of St. Johnsville High School.