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SUNY softens on Canton-Potsdam presidency

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The State University of New York is apparently softening on the idea of a shared president for the Canton and Potsdam campuses.

More than a hundred Canton College supporters attended a meeting of SUNY Trustees in New York City yesterday.

Afterwards, Chancellor Nancy Zimpher sent a press release saying that SUNY still wants the schools to reduce administrative costs and redirect the money to support students. But she says SUNY understands "that support falls short at the concept of one president serving two campuses."

SUNY trustees have asked for a joint report by the presidents of the Potsdam and Canton colleges on how they will reduce costs by sharing services by July 2012.

Similar reports are due from other campuses around the state targeted for partial mergers.

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