Chancellor Zimpher to Recommend Valerie B. Nixon as Interim President of Alfred State College

January 14, 2013

Albany – State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher today announced that she will recommend that the Board of Trustees appoint Valerie B. Nixon as interim president of Alfred State College. The Board will consider this appointment at its meeting Wednesday. Nixon is currently executive vice president at Alfred State.

“Valerie Nixon is a long-time member of Alfred State’s leadership team with more than 25 years of administrative experience in higher education,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “She is ideally suited to step up and serve as president of the campus in the interim, and I share in the trust and confidence that Alfred State students, faculty, and staff have in her ability to do so.”

Chancellor Zimpher also stated that she has already communicated with Patricia K. Fogarty, Chair of the Alfred State College Council, and that preparations for a prompt national presidential search are underway.

Nixon said, “I’m honored by Chancellor Zimpher’s recommendation and look forward to working with the Alfred State community in continuing the excellent progress the College has made under Dr. Anderson’s leadership.”

If approved, Nixon’s appointment would be effective April 1, 2013, until a permanent president is appointed. She would earn a salary of $170,000.

John Anderson, who has served as Alfred State College’s president since 2008 recently accepted a position as president of Millersville University.


About Valerie B. Nixon

Valerie B. Nixon has served in various positions at the State University of New York at Alfred since 1987, and most recently, since July 2012, as Executive Vice President. Between July 2008 and July 2012, Ms. Nixon served as Vice President for Administration and Enrollment. Previously, she was Vice President for Enrollment Management, Director of Student Financial Services, and Director of Financial Aid. Other higher education experience includes positions at Alfred University, Rochester Institute of Technology, and SUNY Brockport.

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