President Hitchcock Granted Leave of Absence
Chancellor King Names
Provost Carlos Santiago Officer-in-Charge of UAlbany
Contact: Karl Luntta (518) 437-4980
ALBANY, N.Y. (January 30, 2004) - University
at Albany President Karen R. Hitchcock today met
with SUNY Chancellor Robert King and requested
a leave due to an ongoing illness in her immediate
family. The Chancellor has agreed to her request.
Her leave will begin today.
“President Hitchcock’s decision to care for her
family is understandable,” said King. “With regret,
I have granted her request so that she can attend
to her most important priorities. I wish her and
her family my very best as they deal with this
“My decision was a difficult one to make because
of my devotion to the University at Albany,” said
Hitchcock. “I will concentrate my efforts on taking
care of my family, but will miss the students,
faculty and staff greatly.”
King today named Dr. Carlos E. Santiago, an economist
and current University at Albany provost, as officer-in-charge
of the State University of New York at Albany.
Santiago will begin his new assignment immediately.
King commented that Carlos Santiago has been
serving as provost and was selected by President
Hitchcock after a nationwide search. “He has distinguished
himself as provost and I am confident he can manage
the campus superbly," said King.
“I willingly accept this important assignment
and appreciate the chancellor’s trust,” said Santiago.
“I will work diligently with the University at
Albany faculty and staff to provide leadership
and to ensure effective operations of our campus.”
The University at Albany presidential search
has begun. A search committee is being formed
according to the Guidelines for Presidential Searches
and it is expected that they will begin their
work in the coming weeks. It is anticipated that
the University Council and the search committee
will work this spring and through the summer months
with the intent of having a new president in place
early in the 2004-2005 academic year.