SUNY Board of Trustees Appoints Dr. Carli Schiffner As Interim President of SUNY Canton

May 10, 2012

Albany – The State University of New York Board of Trustees today appointed Dr. Carli Schiffner interim president of SUNY Canton, effective Sept. 1, 2012. Dr. Schiffner is currently the college’s provost and vice president for academic affairs.

“Dr. Schiffner has a commendable history with SUNY and has shown excellent leadership since returning to Canton as provost last year,” said Board Chairman H. Carl McCall. “We are pleased that she has agreed to take on this additional responsibility and most confident that her continued leadership will serve the campus well.”

“As provost and throughout her previous time at Canton, Dr. Schiffner has shown an exceptional ability to put the best interests of students and faculty first, and to further the campus’ partnerships within the local community and SUNY system,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “I thank her for accepting the presidential post in the interim and look forward to our continued work together.”

“I’m honored to accept these new responsibilities, and I look forward to continuing the incredible progress the college has made under the direction of Dr. Kennedy,” Schiffner said. “It’s an exciting time in the history of SUNY Canton, with record setting numbers in applications and enrollment as well as new facilities and new majors. I’m looking forward to working with our campus community and SUNY to ensure we continue in the positive direction we’re headed.” 

Current President Joseph Kennedy will retire as of Aug. 31, 2012, to take a position as special advisor to the chancellor for shared services. As provost, Schiffner will continue to serve as Officer-in-Charge of the campus in any absence of President Kennedy prior to Sept. 1, 2012.

“I’m pleased for both Carli and SUNY Canton,” said President Kennedy. “She will do a wonderful job keeping everyone focused on the mission of the college and the importance of student success and satisfaction. I’d also like to thank SUNY, Chairman McCall and Chancellor Zimpher for selecting someone from within our SUNY Canton family to help lead us forward during these exciting times for the College.”

A joint report commissioned by the Board of Trustees on shared services between SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam is due to the chancellor from the presidents of those campuses by July 15, 2012.

About Dr. Carli Schiffner
Dr. Schiffner joined the SUNY Canton community in 2003 as a faculty member in the History Department. She then served as President Kennedy’s Chief of Staff. After serving as the Dean of Arts and Science at Yakima Valley Community College from July 2007 through June 2011, Dr. Schiffner returned to Canton as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Dr. Schiffner serves on numerous boards, commissions, and committees; and has been a sought-after public speaker for 12 years. She has also been published in at least seven different magazines or journals.

She received her BA degree in history from Gonzaga University in 1996; her Masters degree in Cultural and Intellectual History from Drew University in 1998; and her Ph.D. in American, Asian and Women’s History from Washington State University in 2004.

About SUNY Canton
SUNY Canton offers 22 career-driven bachelor's degrees in addition to its associate and certificate programs. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 190 courses online each semester. The College's athletic teams belong to the United States Collegiate Athletic Association. The College is home to a brand-new athletic facility, nicknamed Roos House, and the Grasse River Suites, offering students single rooms in apartment-style settings while they live on campus. 

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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