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SUNY Canton interim leader emerges


CANTON - A distinguished teaching professor at SUNY Maritime College in the Bronx has emerged as a candidate to be the third leader of SUNY Canton appointed since President Joseph L. Kennedy retired in September.

Joseph C. Hoffman has worked at SUNY Maritime at Fort Schuyler, Throggs Neck, since 1977, serving as a mathematics and computer science professor during that time period and named a distinguished teaching professor in 2001.

He also served as the college’s provost and vice president for academic affairs from August 2006 to May 2012.

“I can confirm he is a candidate, but no final decision has been reached,” said David D. Doyle, SUNY Central spokesman. “It’s a process. He’s a candidate in the process.”

Mr. Doyle said Mr. Hoffmann has met with the SUNY Canton College Council.

Council President Ronald M. O’Neill said Mr. Hoffmann was interviewed during an April 16 video conference that was attended by council members, several SUNY Canton administrators and officials from SUNY Central.

“If he is presented to the Board of Trustees I will feel good about it,” Mr. O’Neill said. “He came across very well. He was forthright and seemed honest with his opinions. I personally had a feeling with his responses.”

Mr. O’Neill said the College Council has not met or had a video conference with any other candidate and that he hopes the SUNY Board of Trustees makes the interim president appointment at its May meeting so that when students leave campus for the summer the issue is resolved.

“We need to restor continuity. I think that’s very important,” he said.

He is a 1975 graduate of SUNY Maritime College He earned a master’s degree in mathematics from Adelphi University in 1977, and received his doctorate in education from LaSalle University in 1998. He was granted the distinguished teaching professor title by the SUNY Board of Trustees in 2001.

Mr. Hoffman has held a number of positions during a more than 35-year career at SUNY Maritime, including provost and vice president of academic affairs from 2006 to 2012.

He served as a lieutenant in the United States Naval Reserves from May 1975 to August 1992.

If selected for SUNY Canton’s top position, he would replace SUNY Canton interim president, Carli S. Schiffner, who is leaving July 31 for a job at a college in Washington. SUNY Central had earlier announced the hiring of former SUNY Canton provost, Jeremy D. Brown, as acting president to replace Ms. Schiffner. Mr. Brown, however, took a job in Oregon after being named to the SUNY Canton post in April.

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