SUNY Board of Trustees Approves Leadership at College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Clinton Community College

September 9, 2014

Albany – The State University of New York Board of Trustees today approved the appointments of Dr. Doreen D. Edwards as acting unit head and vice president for Statutory Affairs at the SUNY College of Ceramics at Alfred University; and Frederick G. Smith as interim president of Clinton Community College.

About Dr. Doreen D. Edwards
Dr. Edwards has been serving as the dean of Engineering at the College since 2009. Dr. Edwards is a well established member of the Alfred University community, having come to Alfred University in 1997 as an assistant professor of Materials Science and Engineering. In 2003, she rose to the position of director of Graduate Engineering Programs and became an associate professor. By 2007, she was the associate dean of Engineering and earned the title of professor.

Prior to Alfred University, Dr. Edwards held various research positions and a teaching assistantship at North Western University and Gould Inc. in Illinois.

Dr. Edwards earned her B.S. degree in Chemistry from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and her Ph.D. in Material Science and Engineering from Northwestern University.

Dr. Edwards’ appointment is effective July 1. She will receive a $37,400 (20 percent) stipend, in addition to her current salary of $187,000 as dean of Engineering.

About Frederick G. Smith
Frederick G. Smith is an experienced professional in the higher education community. He began his academic career at the SUNY Cobleskill, where he served in a variety of capacities including department chair, dean of the Business Division, and on two occasions, acting vice president for Academic Affairs. His community college experience includes academic dean and interim vice president for Student Affairs at Clinton Community College, and interim president at North Country Community College.

Mr. Smith received his CPA license from New York State, his MBA from Syracuse University, and his Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University at Albany.

Mr. Smith’s appointment is effective immediately, at an annual salary of $120,000.

About the State University of New York
The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, and more than 95 percent of all New Yorkers live within 30 miles of any one of SUNY’s 64 colleges and universities. Across the system, SUNY has four academic health centers, five hospitals, four medical schools, two dental schools, a law school, the country’s oldest school of maritime, the state’s only college of optometry, and manages one US Department of Energy National Laboratory. In total, SUNY serves about 1.4 million students amongst its entire portfolio of credit- and non-credit-bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs. SUNY oversees nearly a quarter of academic research in New York. Research expenditures system-wide are nearly $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2023, including significant contributions from students and faculty. There are more than three million SUNY alumni worldwide, and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree is a SUNY alum. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunities, visit

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