Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner



President , University at Albany

Dr. Havidán Rodríguez is the 20th president of the University at Albany, one of the nation’s most diverse public research universities. His appointment in 2017 made him the first Hispanic president of a SUNY four-year institution. Under Dr. Rodríguez’s leadership, UAlbany has expanded the reach of its globally significant research and become a national leader in educational equity and social mobility. During his tenure, UAlbany has opened a state-of-the-art teaching and research facility, secured $75 million in state support for the Albany Artificial Intelligence Supercomputing Initiative, and became the first R1 institution in the northeast to earn the Seal of Excelencia for Latina and Latino student success.

Most recently, under Dr. Rodríguez’s leadership, the College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering returned to the University at Albany and merged with the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences to become the College of Nanotechnology, Science, and Engineering, solidifying UAlbany as an essential partner in semiconductor and nanoscale research and economic development in New York State.

In 2022, Dr. Rodríguez was appointed to President Biden’s Advisory Commission on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics. He also is a commissioner for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and co-chair of New York’s Capital Region Economic Development Council. Prior to UAlbany, he served as founding provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and president, ad interim, and provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of Texas – Pan American.

A veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a respected scholar of disaster response and resiliency, Dr. Rodríguez earned a B.S. from the University of Maryland, an M.A. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a PhD in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Born in Puerto Rico and raised there and on the U.S. mainland, Dr. Rodríguez is fluent in English and Spanish.


Tuesday, December 12th, 2023, 5:00 P.M.
Wolferts Roost Country Club, Albany

The Distinguished Citizen Award

This Award is presented to individual community leaders who provide outstanding civic service to the youth in the community. Those who receive the award are not necessarily BSA volunteers, but rather individuals who personify the values of Scouting – good citizenship, outstanding moral fiber with a dedication to others, and for living their lives by the Scout Oath and Law. The event raises funds to fuel the mission that provides Scouting programs for over 4,000 families in the Twin Rivers Council.

Please plan on attending this event to celebrate Scouting in our community and to honor this year’s Distinguished Citizen Dr. Havidán Rodríguez.

Who We Are

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) provides the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training, which helps young people be “Prepared. For Life.®” Since its inception in 1910, more than 130 million young men and women have participated in the BSA’s youth programs. These life-changing programs have been faithfully brought to our youth through the more than 35 million adult volunteers. Since 2019, all BSA programs have been offered to all genders, through a model that serves entire families.

The Twin Rivers Council (TRC) delivers Scouting programs to youth throughout 13 counties in New York’s Capital District and Adirondack Region. In 2021, TRC served roughly 4,000 youth through the dedicated efforts of over 2,000 dedicated volunteers.

2023 DCAD Chair: Daniel P. Nolan, JD CEO and President, Graypoint, LLC

Previous DCAD Honorees:

2022 – Reuben R. McDaniel III, President & CEO, DASNY

2019 – Daniel Nolan, CEO and President, Graypoint

2017 –  Angelo Mazzone, Owner, Mazzone Hospitality

2016 – Jack Rifenburg, Vice President, Rifenburg Construction, Inc.

2015 –  CJ DeCrescente, Jr., President/CEO,  DeCrescente Distributors

2014 – Joseph R. Nicolla, Founder/President, Columbia Development Companies, LLC

2013 – U.S. House of Representative, Chris Gibson and Paul Tonko

2012 –  Steven Boyle, CEO, St. Peters Hospital

2011 – George Hearst III, Publisher/CEO, The Times Union

Leading Sponsors

Distinguished Eagle Sponsor - $20,000 (Exclusive Sponsorship: Limit of One)
  • “Presented by” tagline in all promotional materials, and speeches during the Distinguished Citizens Award Dinner (DCAD) program
  • Three tables of 10 guests
  • Company provided banner displayed behind podium at DCAD
  • Sponsor recognition in TRC social media posts.
  • Premium ad in Digital Journal
  • Promotional opportunities through TRC’s social media
Life Sponsor - $10,000
  • Two tables of 10 guests
  • Logo included on event program
  • Company provided banner displayed at DCAD
  • Special thanks from the stage during DCAD program
  • Sponsor recognition in TRC social media posts.
  • Gold Page ad in Digital Journal
Star Sponsor – $5,000
  • One table of 10 Guests
  • Logo included in event program
  • Sponsor recognition in TRC social media posts.
  • Silver Page ad in Digital Journal
Table Sponsor - $2,500
  • One table of 10 guests
  • Copper Page ad in Digital Journal
  • Listing in event program
Individual Dinner Tickets - $275
Digital Journal Ads
  • Gold Page – $1,500
  • Silver Page – $1,000
  • Copper Page – $500
  • Listing – $250