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The Search is On

There has been an enthusiastic response to Presidential Search Committee nominations, with approximately 880 names submitted. 

ALBANY, N.Y. (Oct. 26, 2016) — Voting for the six faculty members who will serve on the Presidential Search Committee is scheduled to begin Monday, Oct. 31.

All full-time teaching faculty will be able to select six faculty members from an online ballot. The election will run for three days. Faculty will be notified by email with specifics before the election.

University Council Chair Michael Castellana, who is heading the Presidential Search Committee, said he was pleased with the “enthusiastic response to my request for nominations” – some 880 names were submitted. After the faculty election, Castellana said, the full list of committee members will be announced.

In addition to the six faculty members, the committee will include four members of the University Council (including Chairman Castellana), one student, one alumni representative, one representative of the University Foundation, one academic dean, one person designated by the SUNY chancellor, and a non-voting representative of the chancellor.

Castellana said he met with several faculty, staff and student groups earlier this month, to hear perspectives on the campus climate, and the opportunities and challenges facing the university. There were several common themes, including the characteristics and experience the next University president should have, and the major opportunities and challenges facing the University.

The University Council has issued a Request for Proposals for an executive search firm to help with the search.

“After the committee is finalized and the search firm is selected, we will hold additional public forums to solicit campus-wide feedback which will help shape the position profile utilized for candidate recruitment,” Castellana said.

The new president will replace Robert Jones, who left the University in September. Provost James Stellar is serving as interim president, leading the University until a permanent president is chosen.

 For more information about the search for the next president, visit the Search Website.

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