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Randy McCullough Installed as President of ESSAE

ALBANY, N.Y. – Randy L. McCullough, CAE, deputy executive director of the New York State Funeral Directors Association, Inc. (NYSFDA), was recently installed as president of the Empire State Society of Association Executives, Inc. (ESSAE).

ESSAE, based in Troy, comprises almost 600 association and supplier members, and represents executives employed by trade, business, and professional associations. ESSAE is affiliated with the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), whose headquarters is in Washington, D.C.

McCullough, from Amsterdam, has been NYSFDA’s deputy executive director for 10 years, having previously served as the Association’s director of government affairs. From 1988 to 1998, he was senior staff member/committee director for former New York State Assemblyman Paul D. Tonko, who now represents the Capital Region as a Member of Congress in the U.S. House of Representatives (NY-20).

McCullough graduated from Hartwick College in Oneonta, N.Y., with a Bachelor of Arts in political science, earning departmental distinction honors. He also undertook graduate studies in international affairs at The George Washington University, Washington, D.C., and is a graduate of the Public Affairs Institute sponsored by the Public Affairs Council. The Council, based in Washington, D.C., is the leading international association for public affairs professionals.

McCullough has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Public Affairs Council since 2009 and has been a member of the board of directors for several organizations, including the American Red Cross (Northeastern New York Chapter) and the Hartwick College Alumni Association, where he served on its Executive Committee, and was President of the Albany-area Alumni Chapter for several years. McCullough has also been a member of the Session of the United Presbyterian Church of Amsterdam, and formerly chaired its stewardship and finance committee.


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