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When SUNY Officials spoke with SUNY Potsdam and Canton councils, both expressed displeasure with a shared presidency. Photo: Julie Grant
When SUNY Officials spoke with SUNY Potsdam and Canton councils, both expressed displeasure with a shared presidency. Photo: Julie Grant

SUNY Colleges sharing some positions, not presidents

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The SUNY colleges in Canton and Potsdam have jointly hired a chief information officer. By sharing the position, the two schools are following the direction of SUNY leaders in Albany to cut costs.

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According to a press release, Kyle Brown, a Potsdam college graduate, has been appointed to the position.  The schools are also looking to jointly hire a chief technology officer.

But it looks like they will be able to maintain individual presidencies. The Watertown Daily Times reports that the Canton college has received permission to begin its own presidential search.

The college has been without a formal president since long time president Joseph Kennedy retired last year.

After Kennedy's abrupt announcement, leaders in Canton and Potsdam were concerned SUNY Central would force them to share a president. Canton College council chair Ronald O’Neill tells the Times that SUNY Central has finally put that idea to rest, by giving Canton permission to begin a separate search.

School leaders plan to select a candidate in time for the fall 2014 semester.

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