Albany – State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher
today announced that, following consultation with key constituencies, she anticipates
recommending to the SUNY Board of Trustees that SUNYIT President Bjong Wolf
Yeigh also serve as president of Morrisville State College and that, similarly,
SUNY Delhi President Candace Vancko also serve as president of SUNY Cobleskill,
where she has been appointed, effective immediately, as officer-in-charge.
Both decisions are part of the recently established SUNY Campus Alliance
Networks, and will allow the campuses to increase enrollment, hire more
faculty, and create jobs in the communities they serve.
“SUNY is committed to ensuring that every New Yorker has access to
an excellent and affordable education,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “Financial
constraints in recent years have resulted in less course availability on our
campuses, causing our students to spend more time and money to complete
their degrees. Strategically aligning our campuses where appropriate and
implementing a rational tuition policy across the system puts SUNY in a
stronger position to reverse this trend.
“Shared leadership between these campuses will best serve current
and future students by enabling campuses to enroll more students, hire more
full-time faculty, and increase course offerings,” she said.
The campuses will not be merged and each will retain its individual
identities, including insignia, academic specialties, and unique programs.
Aligning administrative functions will create additional
opportunities for students as they gain access to the academic resources of a
second campus in the region. In addition, enrollment capacity at both campuses
will increase as a result of the alliance.
System Administration will consult with President Yeigh,
Morrisville Interim President Richard J. Carreno, and the respective college
councils in the coming weeks to determine the best process for
collaboration between stakeholders during this transitional period.
SUNYIT and Morrisville State College provide more than 6,000 students each year
with an affordable college education that is second to none in the region and
across New York,” said President Yeigh. “Shared leadership and other measures
that will emerge as our alliance develops will only enhance the quality of
education at our campuses and give more students access to it. It would be my
honor to serve as president of both SUNYIT and Morrisville State College, and I
thank Chancellor Zimpher for her confidence in my ability to do so.”
State College has a strong, dedicated administrative staff,” said Interim
President Carreno. “We’ll work diligently to find ways to share services with
SUNYIT and provide enhanced educational opportunities to students on each
Earlier this summer, SUNY Cobleskill announced the
decision of its president to retire as of August 3, 2011. System
Administration, President Vancko, and senior leadership at Cobleskill will
immediately begin to engage their stakeholders on opportunities for shared
services between the campus and SUNY Delhi.
commend Chancellor Zimpher and the SUNY Board of Trustees for their dedication
to providing students with a college education that is unmatched in its
accessibility, affordability, and quality,” said President Vancko. “By aligning
the administrative functions of SUNY Delhi and SUNY Cobleskill, we are able to
achieve savings that can be dedicated to academic program enhancements and
promoting student success. I am delighted to be a part of this new approach to
efficiency and look forward to leading SUNY Delhi and SUNY Cobleskill as we
Chancellor Zimpher recently announced the establishment of SUNY
Strategic Campus Alliance Networks throughout the state-operated system.
Networks call for shared administrative functions between two or more campuses
in each region to enable the expansion of academic resources and course
availability for students while increasing efficiency.
About the State University of New York
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university system in the United States, educating more than 467,000 students in
more than 7,500 degree and certificate programs on 64 campuses with nearly 3
million alumni around the globe. To learn more about how SUNY creates
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