Fort Schuyler – The State University of New York
Board of Trustees today voted unanimously to appoint Dr. Dennis K. Ponton as interim
president of Buffalo State College. His appointment as interim president is
effective Aug. 1, 2009, and will continue until the Board names a permanent
than 30 years of distinguished service to Buffalo State College, Dennis Ponton
is the right person to lead the campus as interim president,” said SUNY Board
Chairman Carl T. Hayden. “I congratulate Dennis on his new appointment and I
am confident his leadership of the campus will be most successful.
also like to express deep appreciation to Dr. Muriel Howard, who has been an
outstanding campus president, an innovative educator, and a tireless advocate for
public higher education who enjoys a superb national reputation. She will be
greatly missed and we wish her well in her new assignment as the president of
the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.”
has been admirably serving Buffalo State College as its provost for the past
six years and throughout his career he has been promoted to academic and
administrative positions of increasing responsibility and complexity,” said
SUNY Chancellor-elect Nancy L. Zimpher. “Today the Board of Trustees has
entrusted him with overall leadership of the campus and I am confident Dennis,
working together with the students, faculty and staff, will continue the
positive momentum of the college.”
honored by the recommendation from the College Council and appreciate the
support of the SUNY Board of Trustees,” Ponton said. “I look forward to
continuing the positive outcome and momentum established by Dr. Howard’s
About Dennis K. Ponton
Dr. Ponton is provost and vice president for academic affairs at the college
and he anticipates consulting with the campus to select an interim provost. Dr.
Ponton arrived at Buffalo State College in 1977 to assume the position of chair
and associate professor of Nutrition and Food Science. Over the past 32 years,
he has held a number of academic administrative positions, including Associate
Vice President, Budget and Planning, Academic Affairs; and Interim Dean,
Faculty of Applied Science and Education. Currently, in addition to his
position as Provost, Dr. Ponton’s responsibilities include operations manager,
Buffalo State College Research Foundation; Accreditation Liaison Officer to
Middle State Commission on Higher Education; and convener, Buffalo-Niagara
Council of Chief Academic Officers.
president, Dr. Ponton’s will receive a salary of $220,000 as well as a transition
allowance of $500 per month.
Howard, president since 1996, has announced she will be stepping down on July
31, 2009, to assume the presidency of the American Association of State
Colleges and Universities in Washington, DC.
is provost and vice president for academic affairs at the College.
About Buffalo State College
in 1871, Buffalo State is the Buffalo's oldest public institution of
higher learning in the City of Buffalo. The College has a long history and
commitment to education.
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