Board of Trustees Appoints Presidents at SUNY Delhi, Farmingdale State Colleges

March 24, 2016

Albany – The State University of New York Board of Trustees today appointed Dr. Michael R. Laliberte as president of SUNY Delhi and Dr. John S. Nader as president of Farmingdale State College.

Dr. Laliberte will succeed Candace Vancko, who has served as president of SUNY Delhi for more than 15 years, and Dr. Nader will succeed W. Hubert Keen, who has served as president of Farmingdale State College for the last nine years.

About Dr. Michael R. Laliberte

Dr. Laliberte is currently the vice chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, a position he has held since October 2010.  In this role, he is responsible for 25 departments and offices and manages an annual budget of more than $300 million.

Prior, Dr. Laliberte was the vice president for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho, where he was responsible for the restructuring and realignment of personnel and fiscal resources within the Division of Student Affairs as well as for creating partnerships with a broad array of internal and external university constituents; including students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni, and the public.

Dr. Laliberte began his career at the Desisto Schools, in West Stockbridge, Massachusetts, later serving as coordinator of residence life at Pennsylvania State University, University Park; and dean of students and director of Judicial Affairs at Springfield College. At the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, he served as director of Student Judicial Affairs, associate dean of students, and associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs.

Dr. Laliberte received his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership in Higher Education from Johnson & Wales University, his master’s degree in College Student Development and Counseling from Northeastern University, and his bachelor’s degree in Human Development, Counseling and Family Services from the University of Rhode Island. Recently, he received his Advanced Certificate in Fund Raising Management from Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. 

Dr. Laliberte’s appointment is effective July 21, 2016, at an annual state salary of $195,000.

About Dr. John S. Nader

Dr. John Nader is the current Provost at SUNY Delhi, a position he has held since 2009, directly supervising all of the college’s academic programs as well as the library and learning center, career and business services, grants and sponsored programs, and partnerships with the community colleges and local high schools.

Dr. Nader has been instrumental in expanding online education at SUNY Delhi and in developing its strategic plan. He has also been a leader in the system wide Chief Academic Officer group, a participant in many SUNY wide initiatives, and led the development of Delhi’s SUNY Excel’s performance improvement plan. 

From 2006-2010, Dr. Nader was Mayor of the City of Oneonta, where he worked to successfully revitalize a long dormant downtown property and guided the creation of a veteran’s memorial walkway. He also served for 12 years as an Otsego County legislator and Chair of the Opportunities for Otsego Board.

Dr. Nader earned his B.A. in Politics from Ithaca College. He earned both is M.A. and a Ph.D in Economics from the New School for Social Research.

Dr. Nader’s appointment is effective July 15, 2016, at an annual state salary of $210,000.

About the State University of New York
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