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Vice President for Student Affairs James Doellefeld to Retire From UAlbany

Contact: Catherine Herman (518) 437-4980

ALBANY, N.Y. (May 23, 2005) -- President Kermit L. Hall announced today that Vice President for Student Affairs James P. Doellefeld will retire from the University at Albany as soon as his successor is named. Doellefeld served the University for more than 35 years.

"Vice President Doellefeld's outstanding accomplishments have truly advanced the University at Albany," said President Hall. "It has been a distinct pleasure and honor to work with him and I offer my personal thanks for his assistance with my transition to the University."

Doellefeld played a prominent role in advancing the health, safety, and quality of life of UAlbany students. His legacy includes the introduction of a community policing philosophy that greatly contributed to UAlbany's recognition as among the safest in the SUNY system. His support in advancing residence hall renovation projects, the construction of the Empire Commons Apartment complex, and the development of campus-based programs for alcohol and other drug prevention are among some of the pivotal projects that benefited from his leadership.

Doellefeld also played a prominent role in transitioning the University to Division I Athletics and has served as senior administrator for the Giant's Training Camp since its inception. He remained steadfastly committed to a diversified leadership and staff within Student Affairs, one that reflects UAlbany's diverse student population.

"I take pride in the advances made by the staff in Student Affairs during the period I have had the privilege and honor of serving the University at Albany as vice president," James Doellefeld said. "The accomplishments of the Student Affairs Division are the products of many persons. All of us have benefited from the excellent contributions of present and former colleagues and I want to express my many thanks to them all."

President Hall has designated Director of Athletics Lee McElroy as chair of the search committee that will seek a new vice president. A search will begin immediately.


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