Leonard R. Lenihan, former Erie County Democratic chairman, has been appointed to serve a seven-year term on the board of trustees at Erie Community College.
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz selected Lenihan to fill a vacancy on the 10-member volunteer board.
Lenihan’s appointment still needs approval from the full Legislature.
The ECC board is made up of four trustees appointed by the governor, five chosen by the county executive and a student trustee elected by the student body.
Lenihan, who has a bachelor’s degree in education, as well as a master’s in public administration, is familiar with ECC from his days serving as Erie County personnel director and chairman of the County Legislature.
He replaces Hormoz Mansouri, a businessman and generous political donor who was first elected to the ECC board in 2005 by then-Republican County Executive Joel A. Giambra. Mansouri’s tenure on the board expired at the end of last year.
Legislator Lynn M. Marinelli, D-Town of Tonawanda, and chairwoman of the Legislature’s Community Enrichment Committee, is supportive of the appointment, citing Lenihan’s “longevity” and “knowledge” with the county as a former county legislator and former county personnel director.