State University of New York Interim Chancellor Dr. John B. Clark today
announced that he will recommend to the Board of Trustees that Dr. Nancy
Kleniewski be the next permanent president of SUNY Oneonta.
Dr. Kleniewski is provost and vice president for academic affairs at
Bridgewater State College. In addition to her experience at Bridgewater State, Dr. Kleniewski has held important academic and administrative positions at
the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and at SUNY Geneseo.
Kleniewski has devoted her professional life to public higher education and has
earned promotions of increasing responsibility at three different institutions,”
said Interim Chancellor Clark. “It is a great pleasure to recommend Nancy
Kleniewski as the next President of SUNY Oneonta to the Board of Trustees.
Oneonta Presidential Search Committee and the SUNY Oneonta College Council
worked very hard and effectively and I could not be more pleased with the
results of all their hard work.”
very excited that Interim Chancellor Clark has recommended Dr. Nancy Kleniewski
to the SUNY Board of Trustees to be the next president of SUNY Oneonta,” said SUNY
Oneonta College Council Chairman Patrick Brown. “I want to commend the members
of the Presidential Search Committee, especially Chairman David Brenner, for
the outstanding work they did in recruiting Dr. Kleniewski.”
Kleniewski made a terrific impression on the committee and we are very pleased
that Interim Chancellor Clark shares our enthusiasm,” said David Brenner, chair
of the Presidential Search Committee.
honored by the confidence of Interim Chancellor Clark and the members of the
Oneonta College Council and the Presidential Search Committee. SUNY Oneonta is
an exceptional college and I look forward to meeting with the SUNY Board of
Trustees,” said Dr. Kleniewski.
anticipated that the SUNY Board of Trustees will take up the chancellor’s
recommendation during the June 17 meeting.
and vice president of academic affairs, Dr. Kleniewski administers an annual
budget of $35 million and oversees all academic services including libraries,
admissions, financial aid, and learning support. She manages nine academic research
and outreach centers in a public college of 9,900 students and 675 full-time
equivalent faculty and staff.
Bridgewater State, she coordinated the development of the institution’s
strategic plan; initiated a program of service-learning and civic engagement
including new courses, new pedagogies; increased faculty collaboration with the
Massachusetts Campus Compact; emphasized student engagement in learning through
a nationally recognized undergraduate research program; established an Office
of Undergraduate Research; increased funding for the Honors Program, and
collaborated with Student Affairs to strengthen the Internship Program.
Kleniewski served as dean of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and was
a professor of sociology. She led a unit of 12 departments, three research
centers, and a community arts center with an enrollment of 2,900 students and
180 full-time equivalent faculty and staff; and administered a budget of
approximately $9 million in a Doctoral Research Intensive institution of 11,000
accomplishments at UMass Lowell include the creation of a new interdisciplinary
Department of Regional Economic and Social Development and master’s degree in
Kleniewski began her professional career at SUNY Geneseo, where she won
promotion to associate and then to full professor. She earned positions of
increasing responsibility and complexity and became chair of the Sociology
Department, where she increased the number of sociology majors by 40 percent
during a two-year time period after a decade of declining enrollments.
addition, she earned the prestigious SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in
Kleniewski has won many awards and grants, has been widely published in books
and scholarly journals and held important posts in community and professional
a doctorate and a master’s degree in sociology from Temple University and a Bachelors of Arts in sociology and behavioral sciences from Emmanuel College
Kleniewski will earn a salary of $205,000 per year, the use of a vehicle and a
monthly housing allowance of $4,500.
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