Albany – The State University of New York Board of Trustees’
Executive Committee today voted unanimously to name SUNY Vice Chancellor and Secretary
of the University, John J. O’Connor, as Officer-in-Charge of the university
As Officer-in-Charge, O’Connor will fulfill the authority of the Office
of the Chancellor. O’Connor
retains his current responsibilities as Vice Chancellor and Secretary of the
University. He is not a candidate in the
search for a permanent chancellor and serves as staff to the Chancellor search
anticipated that a new chancellor will be considered and appointed in the near
future by the Board of Trustees, based on the continued progress of the
Chancellor Search Committee.
“During this period of transition, SUNY needs a steady, knowledgeable leader.
I have great confidence in John O’Connor’s ability. He has more than 25 years of senior
level service in higher education and has stepped in to meet a variety of
challenges in times of need,” said SUNY
Board Chairman Carl T. Hayden.
“I am grateful for the confidence of the Executive Committee and I look
forward to working with an extremely talented and capable group of senior
staff, campus presidents, faculty, students and staff during this important
time,” said O’Connor.
appointment is not without precedent. In 1996 during a similar transition
period, William Anslow, then senior vice chancellor of the University was
appointed Officer-in-Charge, following the departure of then-Chancellor Thomas
was appointed vice chancellor and secretary of the University in June 1997
after having served in an acting capacity since December 1996. In March 2000,
he assumed additional responsibilities as president of the Research Foundation
of the State University.
joining SUNY, O’Connor was president of a Washington, D.C. consulting firm
providing management services to not-for-profit organizations in the United States and Europe.
to 1996, he served in senior positions at New York University, including vice
president for university relations and executive assistant to the president. He
was press secretary and special assistant to the Majority Whip of the U.S.
House of Representatives from 1976 to 1981.
holds a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and an M.S. in Public
Administration from New York University. He is a director of the American
Ditchley Foundation and the King Juan Carlos I Foundation; a fellow of the
British Royal Society for the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce; and Chairman of
the Board of Trustees of Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana.
Vice Chancellor O’Connor succeeds Interim Chancellor John B. Clark, who will be stepping down effective
December 31, 2008.
will serve until such time that a new Chancellor is appointed and takes office,
or that the Board takes other action. O’Connor’s salary remains unchanged at
$245,669 per year.
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