Board of Trustees Appoints Dr. Michael A. Cappeto As Interim President of SUNY Maritime College

September 18, 2013

New York City — The State University of New York Board of Trustees today appointed Dr. Michael A. Cappeto as interim president of SUNY Maritime College. Cappeto has served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at the college since last year, and was the director of institutional research and assessment for two years prior.

SUNY Maritime President Rear Admiral Wendi B. Carpenter, USN (Ret.), who has held the position since August 2011 following a distinguished 34-year career in the U.S. Navy, recently announced that she would be stepping down.

“Michael Cappeto has been an outstanding steward of academic affairs, institutional research, and assessment at SUNY Maritime College, and we are confident that he will provide excellent and seamless leadership for students, faculty, and staff while the search for a permanent president is conducted,” said Board Chairman H. Carl McCall.

“As an important member of the SUNY Maritime leadership team for several years, Michael Cappeto is certain to step into his role as interim president with ease,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “Dr. Cappeto’s intricate knowledge of the campus and many years of higher education experience in New York and nationally will continue to be a great asset moving forward.

“Admiral Carpenter is a highly respected leader, trailblazer, and role model whose leadership of SUNY Maritime has greatly benefited SUNY and the college,” Chancellor Zimpher added. “We are grateful for her time and service and wish her all the best in her future endeavors.”

“As provost over the past year, I have been very impressed by the dedication of my colleagues on the faculty as well as our outstanding students and staff at the college,” said Dr. Cappeto. “I am humbled by the confidence placed in me by Chancellor Zimpher and the Board of Trustees to appoint me as interim president, and I look forward to continuing to move Maritime ahead on the many initiatives and projects currently ongoing.”

Dr. Cappeto’s appointment is effective November 4, 2013, and will continue until the Board appoints a successor. As interim president, he will receive an annual salary of $205,000.

About Michael A. Cappeto

Dr. Cappeto currently serves as provost and vice president for academic affairs at SUNY Maritime College, a position he has held since 2012. Prior, he was director of institutional research and assessment at the college.

From 1992-2003, Dr. Cappeto served as vice president and dean of the College at Colgate University before joining the College Board as vice president for higher education assessment programs, where he oversaw the Accuplacer, CLEP, and the SAT. From 2005-2010, Dr. Cappeto was vice president for assessment, research, and test development at CPS Placement. He also held various administrative and faculty positions at Marymount Manhattan College, Harvey Mudd College, and Washington and Lee University.

Dr. Cappeto earned his doctorate from Virginia Polytechnic Institute, as well as master’s and bachelor’s degree from James Madison University.

About SUNY Maritime College
The first maritime school in the country, SUNY Maritime College couples its academic programs with a structured cadet life in the regiment for both men and women. SUNY Maritime prepares students for careers through a content-centered curriculum and a hands-on, team building approach to learning. SUNY Maritime offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, 20 varsity athletic teams, summer training cruises to Europe, five ROTC options, and US Coast Guard license and intern programs.

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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