Closeup of the Buffalo State College Council medal

Two to Receive College Council Medal at Buffalo State Commencement Ceremonies


Two of Buffalo State College’s most ardent supporters will receive the College Council Medal for their service to Buffalo State and the Buffalo community during the college’s 150th Commencement celebration on Saturday, May 21. The awards will be conferred at the 5:00 p.m. Graduate School Ceremony.

Headshot of Todd Brason


Todd W. Brason, ’85

Todd Brason, former chairman and founder of Willcare home health care, is well known for his leadership and generous service to the community. As chief executive officer and chairman of the board of Willcare, he led the company from a single agency in Western New York to a regional home-care provider with 15 branches in New York, Connecticut, and Ohio.

Brason has served as chair of the New York State Association of Health Care Providers Inc. (HCP) and was an executive board member of the American Association for Home Care. He is actively involved in community events in the Buffalo region as a former board member of the Buffalo Zoo, former chairman of the Greater Buffalo Chapter of the American Red Cross, and former chairman of the Erie County Medical Center Lifeline Foundation. He received HCP’s Richard Z. Steinhaus Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the home care community.

A talented executive, he also serves as chief strategy officer of TITUS Industrial Group Inc., providing global wastewater industry solutions.

A graduate of Buffalo State College’s business administration program, he served as a member of the Buffalo State College Foundation board from 1998 to 2014 and as a member of the Buffalo State College Council from 2014 to 2021. His long and laudable service to Western New York reveals a commitment and dedication to the community and a better future for all.

Head shot of Gary Brost


Gary M. Brost

Gary Brost, chairman and CEO of Strategic Investments & Holdings Inc., started his career in the financial industry as an accountant. He founded Strategic Investments & Holdings in 1983, after serving in numerous positions of management at a major bank. Since its inception, Strategic Investments has made nearly 100 acquisitions while investing more than a quarter-billion dollars of equity capital.

Brost is an active and engaged philanthropist who has demonstrated a deep commitment to the community. He serves on the boards of directors of several businesses, including Microcision LLC and Merchants Mutual Insurance Company. He is a former board member and past chair of the YMCA’s Camp Weona and a former board member of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership and of Gateway-Longview, a local nonprofit child and family services organization. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Buffalo Club and in various volunteer capacities at his undergraduate alma mater, Allegheny College.

When he joined the Burchfield Penney Art Center Board of Trustees in 2001, Brost embraced the idea of a new museum. As chairman of the board from 2004 to 2006, he spearheaded the effort, spending hundreds of hours raising money, advocating with elected officials, and working with the college to construct the first freestanding museum to be built in Buffalo in more than 100 years.

Brost has provided tremendous service to the college as a member of the Buffalo State College Foundation board of directors from 2003 to 2012 and as a member of the Buffalo State College Council from 2012 until 2016. His many business contacts have been invaluable in securing new members for the foundation board.

He holds an M.B.A. from the University at Buffalo and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Program for Management Development.