March 19, 2014

Dear UAlbany Faculty and Staff,

As you may be aware, yesterday the SUNY Board of Trustees Academic Affairs Committee approved a merger between the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) and SUNYIT that forms the State University of New York Institute of Nanoscale Science, Engineering and Technology (SUNY INSET). The full SUNY Board is expected to approve the merger this afternoon.

Leaders from UAlbany, CNSE and SUNYIT have been working with SUNY Central throughout the winter to negotiate the many details with respect to the transition of affected academic degree programs.  I have committed that UAlbany will do all we can to ensure a positive and seamless transition for the 302 current students in the nanotechnology degree programs. It is anticipated that the MOU will be finalized in May and that the merger will be completed in early 2015.

At the same time, we remain focused on fulfilling the promise of academic excellence for our other 17,000 undergraduate and graduate students.  

The University at Albany story epitomizes the best of public higher education.  As stewards of this great university, each of us contributes to the collective achievements of a strong, vibrant academic community. 

Given the expertise and bench strength of our faculty, the support of an accomplished staff, and the joint commitment of our faculty and administrative leaders, I am confident that UAlbany possesses the tools, the ambition and the vision to forge a future of excellence.

As the only public research university in the Capital Region, we will continue to press ahead to increase the range of our degree and non-degree programs. We will expand academic opportunities for a growing, diverse student population. We will enroll more out-of-state and international students. And we will deepen our engagement with the Capital Region community. 

I’m laser focused on where the University at Albany is today and where, collectively, we will be in the months and years to come. As we move forward, I will be seeking your input and advice. I will keep you advised of our progress. And I will be asking you to work with me as part of my team – UAlbany’s team – to advance this University to new heights. I look forward to accomplishing greatness together.