Sunday, March 28th, 2010 - 12:47
Leonard R. Graziplene is president of the Center for Rural Resurgence, Inc., a non-profit organization he founded in 2002. He is also a Professor Emeritus of Management at the State University of New York (College Center in Buffalo).
In addition to his tenure in higher education Dr. Graziplene also served six years as the Director of Political and Economic Relations for the Canadian Government in New York State and during that period of time produced the Canada Today television series for showing in the United States. He also produced The Grailen Report, a series of half hour television documentaries for PBS on the economy, health and medicine, the environment, and energy. And, for many years he wrote and narrated a short radio commentary on the economy and human behavior under the same title. On the private sector side, for six years he served as president of Macrotel, Inc., a research and development company that was affiliated with the banking industry, which engaged in pioneering work on videotex home banking, teletext (with CBS), satellite telecommunications, and multimedia.
Dr. Graziplene’s most recent books include Teletext: Its Promise and Demise (Lehigh University Press) and The Macrotel Files: An Intrapreneurial Case Study (University Press of America), In the area of health care, recent grant reports include The Rationale and Plans for a Rural Based Emergency Medical Network and The Optimum Solution for Medical Networking in Rural Areas. Another book on investments is scheduled for publication in late 2009.
Dr. Graziplene holds a PhD in Social Psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and also an MA in Social Psychology and a BS in Biochemistry.