Board Appoints Dr. William J. Murabito Interim President of Morrisville State College

December 17, 2012

Albany – The State University of New York Board of Trustees today appointed Dr. William J. Murabito interim president of Morrisville State College, effective January 7, 2013. Dr. Murabito is the current interim president of Sullivan County Community College.

“Dr. Murabito has extensive knowledge of SUNY and years of leadership experience within our 64-campus system,” said Board Chairman H. Carl McCall. “We are highly confident that his service as interim president at Morrisville State College will be of great value to the system, to the campus, and most importantly, to Morrisville’s students, faculty, and staff.”

“Dr. Murabito is an ideal candidate to lead Morrisville State College while permanent leadership for the campus continues to be reviewed by the Board, in collaboration with all of the college’s stakeholders on campus and in the community,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “I commend the Board for this appointment and look forward to working more closely with Dr. Murabito in this new capacity.”

“I have been a part of SUNY for many years, first as a student and then as an administrator in roles across the system, and I am excited to continue my service as the interim president at Morrisville,” said Murabito. “I look forward to taking on this new challenge of providing steady leadership and ensuring quality academics while helping to drive important, cost-saving shared service initiatives that will provide direct benefits to the Morrisville campus.”  

“I thank the Chancellor for the opportunity to serve the students, faculty and staff of Morrisville State College, and I am grateful to the Morrisville community for its cooperation, commitment, and hard work during my time as Officer-in-Charge,” said Bjong Wolf Yeigh, who has led the Morrisville campus since October 2011. “Interim President Murabito and the Morrisville community have my full support. Just as we have in the past, SUNYIT and Morrisville will continue to work together to best serve students at both institutions and the people of New York State.”

On July 15, the three Campus Alliance pairings at SUNY Delhi/SUNY Cobleskill, Morrisville State College/SUNYIT and SUNY Canton/SUNY Potsdam submitted shared services reports to the Board for review. The Board’s review of those reports is ongoing. Today, the Board discussed the possibility of initiating a search for a permanent president of Morrisville in the Fall, but no final decision has been made 

The Morrisville State College Council interviewed Dr. Murabito in anticipation of his appointment as interim president and fully supported his appointment. As interim president, Murabito will earn a State salary of $175,000.

About Dr. William J. Murabito
Dr. Murabito is a two-time SUNY graduate, having received his B.A. from the State University College at Buffalo, and his M.S. in Student Personnel and Guidance from the State University at Albany.  He possesses a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Illinois. 

In addition, Dr. Murabito has more than 33 years of experience working at the State University both on SUNY campuses and at System Administration. Most recently, Dr. Murabito has served as Interim President at Sullivan County Community College. Between June 2006 and July 2009, Dr. Murabito served as Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at SUNYIT. Other campus experiences include Director of Financial Aid at Mohawk Valley Community College, Vice President for Student Affairs at SUNYIT, Interim President at SUNY Cobleskill, and Interim President at Rockland County Community College. 

At System Administration, Dr. Murabito served as Associate Vice Chancellor and in the Provost’s Office, Executive Director for University Technology Colleges, Associate Vice Chancellor for University Life and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

About the State University of New York
The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, with 64 college and university campuses located within 30 miles of every home, school and business in the state. In 2015–16, SUNY served nearly 1.3 million students, including nearly 600,000 in credit-bearing courses and programs and more than 700,000 through continuing education and community outreach programs. SUNY students and faculty across the state make significant contributions to research and discovery, resulting in nearly $1 billion of externally sponsored activity each year. There are 3 million SUNY alumni worldwide, and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree is a SUNY alum. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit www.suny.edu.


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