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SUNY Potsdam, SUNY Canton earn Innovation Award

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CANTON - The National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) has chosen SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam to receive the 2013 Innovation Award for their shared service achievements.

The award recognizes higher education institutions for demonstrating excellence in process improvements and resource enhancements. Under the leadership of joint Vice President Natalie L. Higley, the two colleges have realized significant administrative efficiencies and financial savings by sharing services and positions. Higley accepted the award at the NACUBO annual meeting in July.

“I am honored to have been nominated by Brian Hutzley, SUNY vice chancellor for financial services and chief financial officer, for this prestigious award,” Mr. Higley said. “This is a major recognition for the team involved in the shared services between the two campuses, and without their tireless work and dedication, the achievements we have made would not have been possible. A heartfelt ‘thank you’ goes out to my fantastic team.”

The two colleges are sharing services in areas such as purchasing, budgeting, accounts payable, travel and information technology. They also share a chief information officer, chief of police, assistant vice president for human resources, environmental health and safety director, veteran’s affairs officer, interlibrary loan specialist, upholsterer and other positions.

“We could not be prouder of all the staff involved who worked so hard to make this an award-winning program,” said SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman.

“This national award is a fitting recognition of the innovative collaboration that has taken place between SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton in sharing resources, personnel and expertise,” said SUNY Potsdam Interim President Dennis L. Hefner.

To ensure continued success of the program for the next several years, the two presidents recently signed a memorandum of understanding that outlines a mechanism for reviewing future shared services proposals, with a focus on transparency and collaboration. The agreement also ensures that measurable indicators of success will be in place to guarantee ongoing evaluation of service quality and impact on each campus.

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