SUNY Board Names Leadership at Canton, Cobleskill, Geneseo, Empire State College Campuses

May 7, 2013


Troy — The State University of New York Board of Trustees today announced four leadership appointments: Dr. Joseph C. Hoffman as Acting President of SUNY Canton; Dr. Debra Hollar Thatcher as acting president of SUNY Cobleskill; Dr. Carol S. Long as Interim President of SUNY Geneseo; and Dr. Merodie Anne Hancock as president of Empire State College.

About Dr. Joseph C. Hoffman, Acting President, SUNY Canton
Dr. Hoffman has held academic and administrative positions at SUNY Maritime College since 1997, and is presently a distinguished teaching professor at Maritime. Dr. Hoffman served as Maritime’s provost and vice president for academic affairs between August 2006 and May 2012. He holds a B.S. from Maritime College, a Master of Science degree from Adelphi University, and a doctorate from LaSalle University.

Dr. Hoffman’s appointment is effective June 1, 2013, at an annual salary of $170,000.

About Dr. Debra Hollar Thatcher, Acting President, SUNY Cobleskill
Dr. Thatcher has served as chief operating officer, provost and vice president of Academic Affairs at SUNY Cobleskill since January 2011. From 2006-10, she served as provost and dean of faculty at Lees-McRae College, and from 2001-06, as director, School of Education, and associate dean of the School of Professional Studies at Northern Michigan University. Dr. Thatcher is a graduate of the University of Wyoming, and holds a M.Ed. and Ph. D. from the University of South Carolina.

Dr. Thatcher’s appointment is effective June 1, 2013, at an annual salary of $170,000.

About Dr. Carol S. Long, Interim President, SUNY Geneseo
Dr. Long has served as provost at SUNY Geneseo since July 2009. Prior, from 2002-09, she was dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Willamette University in Oregon. Dr. Long earned her doctorate and master's degree in English from Northwestern University, and a bachelor’s degree in English from Pomona College in California.

Dr. Long’s appointment is effective Oct. 1, 2013 at an annual salary of $210,000.

About Dr. Merodie Anne Hancock, President, Empire State College
Dr. Hancock has served since 2007 as vice president for Central Michigan University's Global Campus and is responsible for the delivery of academic programs for the University’s remote campuses, military and community college locations, and online programs. Between 2000-07, Dr. Hancock held both teaching and administrative positions at the University of Maryland University College, serving as associate vice president between 2005-07. Dr. Hancock holds a B.A (Economics) from Scripps College, an M.B.A. from Claremont Graduate University and a Ph.D. from Old Dominion University.

Dr. Hancock's appointment is effective July 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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