Albany - The
State University of New York Board of Trustees today appointed Dr. John B.
Clark interim chancellor of the State University of New York. Interim
Chancellor Clark succeeds Chancellor John R. Ryan, who is stepping down June 1
to become president and CEO of the Center for Creative Leadership.
“John Clark’s outstanding
leadership experience during transitional periods at four campuses will enable
him to continue move the State University of New York forward,” said State
University Board Chairman Thomas F. Egan. “We expect Dr. Clark to build upon
and enhance all facets of the University, including record-setting enrollment
and minority enrollment, philanthropy, sponsored research and academic
“On behalf of the entire
State University of New York, I would like to thank John R. Ryan for his five
years of exceptional and distinguished service to the State University of New
York,” Chairman Egan continued. “His leadership and service as president of
the Maritime College, as interim president of the University at Albany, and as
chancellor, have won him the deep respect and sincere affection of students,
faculty, staff and the larger State University community. We wish John and his wife, Diane, our
very best and will long remember and greatly appreciate their time with us.”
“Becoming the interim
chancellor of the State University of New York is the highest professional
honor in my lifetime. The responsibility of leading the 417,000 students and
80,000 faculty and staff is truly humbling,” said Interim Chancellor Clark. “I
am extremely grateful to the Board of Trustees for providing me with this
wonderful opportunity, and I look forward to working with the students, faculty
and staff as we continue to build on the positive record of accomplishments at
Dr. Clark joined the State University as
interim president of SUNY Plattsburgh May 20, 2003
and was later named interim president of SUNY Brockport June 22, 2004.
On Sept. 20, 2005 Clark began a position as acting vice chancellor of
enrollment and university life at SUNY System Administration.
He served SUNY in this
capacity until February, 2006 when he was named interim president at the College of Optometry. Most
recently, Dr. Clark was the interim president of the State University College
of Technology at Alfred.
Dr. Clark begins serving on June 1, 2007 and
continues his service through Dec. 31,
2007, or until such time as the Board of
Trustees concludes a national search for permanent chancellor. Dr. Clark is
not and will not be a candidate in the search for a permanent chancellor. Dr.
Clark’s salary will be $340,000 per year. He will have the use of a car,
driver, the chancellor’s residence in Albany and the use of an apartment in New York City.
succeeds Chancellor John R. Ryan, who is widely respected and appreciated by
faculty, students and the Legislature for his strong, authentic leadership and advocacy
for higher education during the last two years. For example, in consecutive
years, Chancellor Ryan successfully advocated for the best SUNY budgets in decades.
Along with a very talented
group of campus presidents, the chancellor successfully secured tens of
millions of dollars to hire more than 400 new full-time faculty to support
record-setting student enrollment.
In addition, thanks to the
chancellor’s budget advocacy efforts to secure more than $12 million during the
past two years, New York’s Empire Innovation program will enable SUNY campuses
to hire full-time research faculty in clusters of key disciplines. Research in
key disciplines will lead to the scientific breakthroughs and discoveries,
business creation, job growth and economic development.
Chancellor Ryan also led the
way in securing millions of dollars in funding that will enable SUNY to enroll
hundreds of students in health care, engineering and information technology
programs deemed to be in high demand by communities and businesses throughout New York State, and
hire additional full- and part-time faculty to instruct these students.
National Search for a
It is anticipated that a
search for a permanent chancellor will get underway as soon as possible and
follow the model used to attract current Chancellor John R. Ryan.
In July of 2005, the Board
held a series of meetings during a two-day period, in order to become better
informed about the search process. At that time, the board heard presentations
and participated in panel discussions by outside experts and key campus
constituencies. Question and answer sessions followed each presentation and
The next day, the search
committee was formed and given the important responsibility of attracting the
strongest possible pool of candidates to lead the largest comprehensive system
of higher education in the nation and to develop a short list of finalists,
from which the Board would select the next permanent chancellor of SUNY.
Again this year, the search
committee is expected to be comprised of representatives from the greater SUNY
community, such as members of the SUNY Board, faculty, students and alumni. It
is anticipated the search committee will also retain the services of a national
search firm to assist in this most important undertaking.
Additional Background on
Dr. John B. Clark
During his time at Alfred, Optometry,
Plattsburgh, and also at Brockport, Clark forged strong relations between the college and the
greater community. In a Feb. 27, 2004 editorial, the Plattsburgh Press Republican wrote,
"We will all miss John Clark. It took him less than a year to become an
unforgettable and much loved figure in the North
Country, and we will envy whoever winds
up in his company."
A lifelong student, Dr. Clark
holds five degrees. He earned his bachelor’s degree in history, cum laude,
from Providence College in 1972. Thereafter, he received a Master of Public
Administration from John Jay College, CUNY, in 1977; a Master of Arts in Economics from Fordham University in
1980; a Master of Arts in Philosophy from New
York University in 1984; and a
Doctor of Education degree from Teachers College, Columbia University in
Prior to joining SUNY, Dr. Clark
had a 17-year Wall Street career in public finance and municipal bond research,
specializing in health and higher education. In this capacity, he successfully
completed financing for hospitals, nursing homes, out-patient clinics, life
care centers and multi-hospital systems as well as colleges and universities in
New York City and nationally.
Dr. Clark has had
wide-ranging experience as a board member with various not-for-profit
organizations providing educational, healthcare, and housing services. His
board responsibilities included fundraising, staff oversight, financial
management, strategic planning and program development.
Dr. Clark served on the Board
of St. Pius V High School for young women in the South Bronx and was a member of
the Business Advisory Council of the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College in Manhattan.
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