SUNY Board Names Leadership at Onondaga, Canton, & Potsdam Campuses

March 19, 2013

Purchase — The State University of New York Board of Trustees today announced three leadership appointments: Dr. Casey Crabill as president of Onondaga Community College; Jeremy D. Brown as acting president of SUNY Canton; and Dr. Dennis L. Hefner as interim president of SUNY Potsdam.

About Dr. Casey Crabill, Onondaga Community College President
An experienced administrator and educator, Dr. Crabill has served as president of Raritan Valley Community College, NJ (2006-present) and College of the Redwoods, CA (1999-2006), and as acting president of Gateway Community College, Conn. (1998-1999) and Quinebaug Valley Community College, Conn. (1996-1997). A native of Albany, NY, Dr. Crabill is a graduate of Skidmore College, and earned both an M.S. and Ed. D. from UAlbany.

The SUNY Board approved her appointment as president of Onondaga Community College, as previously made by the OCC Board of Trustees. Dr. Crabill’s appointment is effective July 1, 2013, at an annual salary of $225,000.

About Jeremy D. Brown, SUNY Canton Acting President
Dr. Brown has had a long and distinguished career in higher education. Most recently, Dr. Brown served as president of Dowling College (2011-2012) and Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (2007-2011). Dr. Brown served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at SUNY Canton between 2003 and 2007. Dr. Brown holds a Ph.D. from the University of Birmingham, England.

His appointment as acting president of SUNY Canton is effective June 1, 2013, at an annual salary of $185,000.

About Dr. Dennis L. Hefner, SUNY Potsdam Interim President
Dr. Hefner served as president of SUNY Fredonia between 1996 and 2012. Prior, he served as vice chancellor for academic affairs at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, since 1994. Prior to that, he was vice president for academic affairs and professor of Economics at California State University, San Bernardino, from 1990-94, and was transition team leader at CSU, Monterey Bay, in 1994. Dr. Hefner also held a number of administrative and faculty positions at CSU, Chico, from 1976-90, the University of Maryland from 1970-72, and Washington State University from 1967-69. In addition, he was director of research PAID Prescriptions, Inc. in California and an economist and social research analyst for the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare. Dr. Hefner received a B.A., Economics, in 1967 from California State, Chico and an M.A., Economics, in 1969, and Ph.D., Economic, in 1971, from Washington State University.

His appointment as interim president of SUNY Potsdam is effective June 1, 2013, at an annual salary of $225,000.

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, with 64 college and university campuses located within 30 miles of every home, school, and business in the state. As of Fall 2018, more than 424,000 students were enrolled in a degree program at a SUNY campus. In total, SUNY served 1.4 million students in credit-bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs in the 2017-18 academic year. SUNY oversees nearly a quarter of academic research in New York. Its students and faculty make significant contributions to research and discovery, contributing to a $1.6 billion research portfolio. There are 3 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 opportunity, visit

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