Canton – State University of
New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher and SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy
today jointly announced that President Kennedy will retire following the
conclusion of the 2011-2012 academic year to accept an appointment as special
advisor to the Chancellor.
At the direction of
Chancellor Zimpher over the next year, President Kennedy and SUNY Potsdam
President John F. Schwaller will work collaboratively on a plan to implement
broad shared services while enhancing the academic resources and opportunities
for students at both campuses. Beginning next summer, President Kennedy will
advise SUNY and the Chancellor in the ongoing implementation of shared services
throughout the 64-campus SUNY system.
“President Kennedy has done
an outstanding job raising SUNY Canton’s profile and reputation over the last
18 years, and he is a shining example of the leadership we want our presidents
to provide at SUNY campuses,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “President Kennedy has
advocated for the types of administrative savings we must consider at this time,
while SUNY seeks to uphold its obligation to use taxpayer and tuition dollars
as efficiently as possible and to the maximum benefit of students.
“As a longtime president, Dr.
Kennedy’s extensive knowledge of the system and campus perspective will prove
invaluable as we realign SUNY’s administrative resources now and in the future.
I commend him for accepting this challenge and thank him for his continued
President Joseph Kennedy
said: “I’m excited about the opportunity
to work collaboratively on plans to implement shared services here in the North
Country and throughout the State, as well as finish several important projects
here at SUNY Canton. I am proud of the remarkable progress of this campus and
look forward to helping thousands of students across New York State. It’s an
extraordinary opportunity that I greatly appreciate.”
SUNY Canton has experienced
incredible growth and progress since the beginning of President Kennedy’s
leadership in 1993, including moving from a two-year to a baccalaureate-granting
college and making the jump to four-year athletics. Also since then, enrollment
at the college has almost doubled, and several new construction projects and
building renovations have enhanced educational opportunities provided SUNY
Kennedy was instrumental in the placement of a federally supported Small
Business Development Center on campus, which provides counseling, training, and
other resources to current and would-be entrepreneurs, and, under his
leadership, the college has become the program agency for North Country
Emergency Medical Services, which serves 85 fire departments and ambulance
agencies in Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence counties.
A public discussion around
shared services has been ongoing since January, when Chancellor Zimpher said in
her state of the university speech that SUNY must address the inefficiencies
associated with 64 campuses replicating 64 sets of activities by consolidating
backroom operations and administrative infrastructure, as well as eliminating
unsustainable financial models.
On June 15, the SUNY Board of
Trustees passed a resolution directing the Chancellor to promote collaboration
among the system’s state-operated campuses and implement strategies to improve
efficiency, generate cost savings, build capacity, and expand student services
through the use of shared administrative functions, procurement opportunities,
and realignment of academic program offerings.
About President Kennedy
President Kennedy is
personally involved in several community organizations. He is a member of the
Board of Directors of the St. Lawrence County Workforce Investment Board and
also serves on that body's Youth Council. He serves on the board of directors
of several local organizations, and he and his wife co-chair the capital
campaign for the Traditional Arts in Upstate New York.
Prior to 1993, Kennedy was
Vice President for Academic Affairs at William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri.
From 1984 to 1990, he was Dean of Academic Affairs at Vermont's Johnson State
College. From 1978 to 1984, he was Director of Liberal Studies at Western
Montana College of the University of Montana. He served earlier as Director of
the Pyramid Lake Ecological Studies in Reno, Nevada, and as Assistant Professor
of Biology at North Georgia College in Dahlonega, Georgia.
President Kennedy received
his Bachelor of Science in Biology from North Georgia College, his Master of
Science in Entomology from Clemson University in South Carolina, and his Ph.D.
in Wildlife Resource Management from Utah State University.
Dr. Kennedy and his wife,
Dine, have two adult children, John and James, and two grandchildren. Both of
President Kennedy’s sons are SUNY Canton alums.
About the State University of New York
The State University of New
York is the largest comprehensive 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 opportunity, visit www.suny.edu