New York Network to Phase Out Operations Over Next 12 Months

May 31, 2012

Albany – New York Network, a video production service operated by the State University of New York, will phase out its operations over the next 12 months. Fundamental changes in its business environment have seriously degraded the Network’s ability to remain fully self-supporting. Additionally, the majority of current equipment is at or near end-of-life, requiring a major multi-million dollar investment that is simply unaffordable in these difficult economic times.

“The decision to close the Network was in no way based on the performance or quality of work of our team,” said Neil Satterly, executive director of the Network. “The unfortunate truth is that as technology advanced over the years, a centralized video production solution was no longer a financially viable solution for SUNY, and very little of our business was actually being done on behalf of the University.”

Satterly emphasized that while they will not be engaging in any new work, Network staff will continue to serve existing customers during the phase out period.

The Network currently employs 30 staff members. Retrenchment will occur in compliance with the relevant bargaining unit agreement, and some staff may be reassigned within SUNY.

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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