Chancellor Malatras Statement on the Passing of SUNY Brockport’s Fourth President, John Van de Wetering

November 16, 2020

"On behalf of the SUNY family, I am saddened by the passing of former Brockport College President John Van de Wetering. Everything John did throughout his 16-year tenure was grounded in the belief that a college education should be accessible to anyone willing to vigorously pursue it. With that in mind, John worked tenaciously to increase diversity, attract international students, and create programs for learners from all walks of life. That mission is his legacy—and one we strive to build on each and every day. My thoughts are with his family during this difficult time.”

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