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SUNY Canton president Joe Kennedy. Photo: SUNY Canton.
SUNY Canton president Joe Kennedy. Photo: SUNY Canton.

Joseph Kennedy to step down as SUNY Canton president

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After several days of media speculation, The State University of New York Chancellor announced Tuesday afternoon that SUNY Canton President Joseph Kennedy will retire at the end of the 2011 - 2012 academic year. After that, he will become special advisor to the Chancellor.

SUNY officials say they are looking to save money, improve efficiency, and promote collaboration among their campuses...but some are seeing this as a step down the road to consolidation of the Canton and Potsdam SUNY campuses.

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SUNY spokesman Morgan Hook says he can’t comment on that specifically, but like other state agencies SUNY is looking to find efficiencies where it can:

The kinds of changes the chancellor is working on are very similar to what the governor's been talking about, sharing services, consolidation, and at SUNY we’re no different.

The Canton Town Board has created a special task force to fight a merger of the two schools. David Button is the town supervisor of Canton.  He spoke with Julie Grant about the possible consolidation, and about the departure of Joe Kennedy.

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