Amy Bull Crist is known for her historic ties to Orange County and for being a pioneer of educational and historical organizations and initiatives throughout the county. Amy was a seventh generation member of the very large Bull Family, whose ancestors were among Orange County’s earliest settlers. She was born on March 9, 1906 and died on May 20, 1995. She was a champion of educational opportunities for all and helped found Orange-Ulster BOCES, SUNY Orange and Occupations, Inc. She served as the first district superintendent of Orange-Ulster BOCES for 34 years. The OU BOCES Gibson Road, Goshen complex was named “The Amy Bull Crist Area Education Center” in her honor. In addition, she took great interest in county history and helped establish Friends of Hill-Hold and Brick House and was a great supporter of the Goshen Historic Track.
Amy is being recognized for her grand contributions, profound dedication and the legacy that has transformed the educational landscape of our community and inspired generations of educators and students. The decision to honor her memory with this special day, which is her birthday, was made at an Orange-Ulster BOCES board meeting on February 9, 2023. This recognition serves as a reminder to all to continue to pursue excellence and innovation in education and empower students to achieve their full potential. This day will help to honor her pioneering spirit and inspire us to continue to build on the foundation she laid.
Chief Operating Officer of Orange Ulster BOCES, Deborah McBride Heppes, asks if anyone has a memory of Amy or a story to share, to please contact her at 845-291-0110. Orange-Ulster BOCES is committed to continuing to honoring Amy Bull Crist and her legacy.