New York City – The State University of New York Board of Trustees
today voted unanimously to name W. Hubert Keen, Ph.D., president of the State
University of New York College of Technology at Farmingdale.
Recommending Dr. Keen to the
Board of Trustees for the Farmingdale presidency was a great pleasure,” said
SUNY Chancellor John R. Ryan. “Hubert possesses the strong character of a
leader and has gained valuable experience from his many years of service in higher
education. We look forward to great accomplishments from the students, faculty,
staff and new president of Farmingdale.”
Chancellor Ryan also
expressed his appreciation to the Farmingdale College Council and the search
committee for their excellent work in bringing forward a very strong pool of
candidates. The chancellor also thanked Farmingdale Senior Vice President
and Chief Financial Officer George LaRosa, who has been serving as
officer-in-charge of the campus.
“Warm congratulations to
Hubert are well in order,” said Board Chairman Thomas F. Egan. “While the
University has done great work attracting presidents to lead our campuses from
all over the country, we still recognize internal talent and are very pleased
to be promoting Hubert from within the University.”
“I am honored by the
confidence of the Board of Trustees and Chancellor Ryan,” said Keen.
“Working with the students, faculty and staff of Farmingdale as president will
be a great privilege, and I look forward to our meeting all of the challenges
of a modern academic environment.”
Keen holds a doctorate in
ecology from Kent State University. Eastern Kentucky University granted Keen a Master of Science in biology, and he
holds a Bachelor of Arts in biology from Pikeville College in Kentucky.
Keen will succeed Dr.
Jonathan Gibralter, who served as president of Farmingdale from 2001 until
August 2006, when he left to assume the presidency of Frostburg State University in Maryland.
George LaRosa, senior vice president and chief
financial officer, has been serving as Officer-in-Charge since
Keen will be provided housing
at the Farmingdale campus and will also have use of a campus-owned vehicle
during the term of his presidency.
Keen has been serving as
provost and vice president for academic affairs at Farmingdale since 2005 and
enjoys wide support from the campus and external constituents such as the
College Council and the College Foundation.
Prior to serving as provost
at Farmingdale, Keen served from 1999 to 2005 as special assistant to the
provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at SUNY System Administration
in Albany, New York.
From 1998-1999 he served as
the interim president at the State University of New York College at Old Westbury.
From 1994 -1998 Keen was provost and vice president for academic affairs at York College, City
University of New York.
Before working for CUNY, Keen
spent 18 years rising through the ranks from coordinator of Environmental
Science Programs to dean of Arts and Sciences at the State University of New
York College at Cortland.
The State University of New
York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States,
educating more than 418,000 students in 7,669 degree and certificate programs
on 64 campuses.