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Dayle M. Smith has been named dean of the School of Business at Clarkson University, effective July 1.

Ms. Smith is a professor of management at the University of San Francisco’s McLaren School of Business and has held a number of leadership roles during her 20-year tenure there, including her current service as the director of the business honors program. She has also taught at the University of Southern California and Georgetown University.

Ms. Smith holds a doctoral degree in organizational communication and organizational behavior from the University of Southern California.

Timothy F. Sugrue, who has been the dean of the business school since 2000, will step down June 30 to focus on serving as CEO of the Clarkson subsidiary Beacon Institute, Beacon, which he has led since 2011.Tristan D. Simoneau has been hired by Conboy, McKay, Bachman & Kendall law firm, Watertown, as an associate attorney.

Mr. Simoneau was born in Landstuhl, Germany, and raised in Brownville. He graduated from General Brown High School with honors in 2005, received a bachelor’s degree from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2009 and received a juris doctorate degree from Syracuse University College of Law in 2012. He joined the Conboy Law Firm immediately upon completing the bar exam in August 2012.

While in law school, he was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society and competed in various trial-appellate competitions. He was a member of the Journal of International Law and Commerce, where he focused on corporate liability for human rights violations pursuant to the Alien Tort Statute. He was an intern in Watertown for three summers with solo family law practitioners and spent a summer with the Legal Aid Society in Rochester, where he helped abused women obtain orders of protection. He took part in the Criminal Defense Clinic at Syracuse University, where he won his first trial before graduating from law school.

He is a member of the litigation and domestic relations groups at Conboy, McKay, Bachman & Kendall.Melissa M. Wadkinson, chief engineer for the Fulton Companies, Pulaski, has been appointed to three subcommittees of the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors, each for a three-year term.

The Fulton Companies is a global manufacturer of steam, hydronic and thermal fluid heat transfer products. Ms. Wadkinson’s appointments include the National Board Inspection Code subcommittee installation (boilers); NBIC subcommittee installation (pressure vessels and piping); and NBIC subcommittee installation (I).

In addition to these recent appointments, Ms. Wadkinson serves on the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, is a member of the BPV committee on heating boilers and is the chair of the ASME subgroup on care of operation of heating boilers.

Ms. Wadkinson received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, a master’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a master’s degree in business administration from Syracuse University. She has been with the Fulton Companies since 1994.Beardsley Design Associates, Malone, announced that Michael R. Reynolds, a senior associate and project manager and senior architect for the firm, has been named a stockholder of the firm.

Mr. Reynolds is a LEED Green associate and joined BDA in 2000. As a stockholder, he will work with the board of directors in establishing corporate goals and the firm’s strategic plan and assist in firm operations.

BDA also announced the hiring of Shelley Simon as principal. Licensed as an architect in Missouri and New York, Ms. Simon brings more than 30 years of experience in design and construction.

In 1987, Ms. Simon co-founded the first woman-owned design firm in Columbia, Mo., Simon + Walther/Architecture and Interior Design, which provided design services in central Missouri. She formerly served in leadership posts for local and state American Institute of Architects chapters and as the architecture chair of Missouri’s professional licensing board.

BDA has offices in Syracuse, Auburn and Malone.Carthage Savings and Loan recently welcomed Michele Miller as the Watertown branch assistant manager.

Ms. Miller began her banking career in 1987 with KeyBank as a sales and service manager. She has worked for Redwood National Bank and HSBC and recently transitioned from HSBC to First Niagara.

The Watertown branch of Carthage Savings and Loan is located below Stream Global Services.

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