|HONORS & AWARDS|
MCC Award for Excellence in Professional Service
As a major sports fan, Brian Legg finds it easy to draw analogies between his job as assistant controller and football.
“The team says ‘We’ve got to score a touchdown’ and there are different ways of getting there,” says Legg, recipient of MCC’s 2008 Award for Excellence in Professional Service. “Our department has to keep them in bounds. You skate on the sidelines every once in a while, but you want to keep them in bounds so there are no penalty flags.
“We don’t get accolades and we don’t expect accolades,” he adds. “We’re really all about service and support.” With several regulatory agencies watching, that support is a lofty responsibility. Known as “unpretentious,” “highly ethical” and “down-to-earth,” Legg is a major contributor to the College’s annual external audit, which is consistently reported on time and with favorable results.
Author of a large portion of the new Banner financial system’s user guide for College faculty and staff, Legg has also given presentations to education administrators at national and regional conferences on the subject. The new system conversion was an enormously challenging task that kept him on campus many long nights and weekends but he wasn’t done yet. In fall 2007 Legg spearheaded the conversion to a new student refund process to reduce problems with student receivables.
When the College, City of Rochester and County of Monroe created the Public Safety Training Facility, Legg was instrumental in creatively coordinating the complex accounting, fiscal and reporting needs of each entity. Several colleagues point to his knack for modifying proposals instead of rejecting them outright if they don’t quite meet regulatory standards, a quality that demonstrates his ingenuity and partnership skills.
A statewide expert on community college rules and regulations, Legg is an active member of several professional organizations, including the Community College Business Officers Association and Eastern Association of College and University Business Officers.
Married with two children, he lives in Penn Yan, Yates County.