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Schiffner appointed SUNY Canton interim president

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CANTON— The State University of New York Board of Trustees today appointed Dr. Carli Schiffner interim president of SUNY Canton, effective Sept. 1, 2012. Dr. Schiffner is currently the college’s provost and vice president for academic affairs.

“I’m honored to accept these new responsibilities, and I look forward to continuing the incredible progress the college has made under the direction of Dr. Kennedy,” Schiffner said. “It’s an exciting time in the history of SUNY Canton, with record setting numbers in applications and enrollment as well as new facilities and new majors. I’m looking forward to working with our campus community and SUNY to ensure we continue in the positive direction we’re headed.”

Current President Joseph Kennedy will retire as of Aug. 31, 2012, to take a position as special advisor to the chancellor for shared services. As provost, Schiffner will continue to serve as Officer-in-Charge of the campus in any absence of President Kennedy prior to Sept. 1, 2012.

“I’m pleased for both Carli and SUNY Canton,” said President Kennedy. “She will do a wonderful job keeping everyone focused on the mission of the college and the importance of student success and satisfaction. I’d also like to thank SUNY, Chairman McCall and Chancellor Zimpher for selecting someone from within our SUNY Canton family to help lead us forward during these exciting times for the College.”

A joint report commissioned by the Board of Trustees on shared services between SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam is due to the chancellor from the presidents of those campuses by July 15, 2012.

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