York City – The
State University of New York Board of Trustees today voted unanimously to name
Nancy Kleniewski the permanent president of the College at Oneonta. Kleniewski
will take office on July 14, 2008.
Oneonta College Council and the Presidential Search Committee have done
outstanding work in recruiting such an accomplished, talented and experienced
educator as Dr. Nancy Kleniewski,” said SUNY Board of Trustees Chairman Carl T.
Hayden. “Welcoming Nancy back to SUNY is a pleasure. She has some very large
shoes to fill, but I am confident she is more than up to the challenge.”
Dr. Nancy Kleniewski on becoming president of the College at Oneonta,” said
SUNY Interim Chancellor Dr. John B. Clark. “Nancy’s experience and skill in
leading public institutions of higher education in New York and Massachusetts will help her to successfully lead the Oneonta campus community.”
to thank Chairman Hayden, Interim Chancellor Clark, and all of the members of
the Oneonta College Council and the Presidential Search Committee for placing
their trust me,” said Kleniewski. “Having the opportunity to lead the students,
faculty and staff of the College at Oneonta is an honor and a privilege and I
look forward with great anticipation to beginning our work together.”
succeeds Alan B. Donovan who is retiring after 20 years of distinguished
service as president of the College at Oneonta.
“I have known and admired
Alan Donovan for nearly twenty years. During that time, I have watched
him quietly and relentlessly reshape SUNY Oneonta into one of SUNY's
pre-eminent comprehensive colleges,” Hayden said of Donovan. “Because of
his work, the Oneonta brand is stronger, the students are better prepared and
the admissions process is markedly more competitive. Alan has been a
great SUNY president.”
Chancellor Clark also praised Donovan’s leadership. “Alan Donovan’s leadership
of Oneonta has resulted in sustained progress during an extended period of
time, which is the hallmark of excellence. Alan has been a source of wisdom,
experience and good judgment not only for me, but for so many campus presidents
throughout the years. SUNY is a stronger institution because of his long and
distinguished service. Our best thoughts and wishes go with Alan as he begins
an exciting new chapter in his life.”
at Oneonta increased 9 percent to more than 5,800 students in the last 10
years. Sponsored research activity grew from nearly $3.5 million in 1999 to
more than $5 million in 2004. SAT scores for incoming freshman class improved
122 points to 1106 compared with the fall of 1996.
Currently, Kleniewski is
provost and vice president for academic affairs at Bridgewater State College.
In addition to her experience at Bridgewater State, Kleniewski has held
important academic and administrative positions at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and at SUNY Geneseo.
As provost and vice president
of academic affairs, Kleniewski administers an annual budget of $35 million and
oversees all academic services including libraries, admissions, financial aid,
and learning support. She manages nine academic research and outreach centers
in a public college of 9,900 students and 675 full-time equivalent faculty and staff.
While at Bridgewater State,
she coordinated the development of the institution’s strategic plan; initiated
a program of service-learning and civic engagement including new courses, new
pedagogies; increased faculty collaboration with the Massachusetts Campus
Compact; emphasized student engagement in learning through a nationally
recognized undergraduate research program; established an Office of
Undergraduate Research; increased funding for the Honors Program, and
collaborated with Student Affairs to strengthen the Internship Program.
Kleniewski served as dean of
Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and was a professor of sociology.
She led a unit of 12 departments, three research centers, and a community arts
center with an enrollment of 2,900 students and 180 full-time equivalent faculty and staff; and administered a budget of approximately $9 million in a Doctoral Research
Intensive institution of 11,000 students.
Her many accomplishments at
UMass Lowell include the creation of a new interdisciplinary Department of
Regional Economic and Social Development and master’s degree in regional development.
Kleniewski began her
professional career at SUNY Geneseo, where she won promotion to associate and
then to full professor. She earned positions of increasing responsibility and
complexity and became chair of the Sociology Department, where she increased
the number of sociology majors by 40 percent during a two-year time period
after a decade of declining enrollments.
In addition, she earned the
prestigious SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Kleniewski has won many
awards and grants, has been widely published in books and scholarly journals
and held important posts in community and professional organizations.
She earned a doctorate and a
master’s degree in sociology from Temple University and a Bachelors of Arts in
sociology and behavioral sciences from Emmanuel College
Kleniewski will earn a salary
of $205,000 per year, the use of a vehicle and a monthly housing allowance of
the State University of New York
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