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I think the fact that the community was very vocal certainly made SUNY Central listen.

SUNY backs off on shared Canton-Potsdam presidency

The State University of New York is backing off from what had seemed like a done deal - that the Canton and Potsdam campuses would share one president.  Go to full article
SUNY Canton President Joe Kennedy at commencement ths year.
SUNY Canton President Joe Kennedy at commencement ths year.

Kennedy sees challenges ahead for Canton-Potsdam shared presidency

The State University of New York surprised the Canton-Potsdam communities last month with the news that it will put one president in charge of SUNY Canton and Potsdam colleges as part of a new initiative to share services. The plan is for SUNY Canton president Joe Kennedy to resign at the end of the academic year, with Potsdam President Jon Schwaller presumably holding the new office.

Canton leaders were dismayed that Kennedy, who's led an 18 year resurgence of the former Ag and tech school, was forced out. At a stormy meeting in early August, college council members at both schools challenged the decision, and SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher's authority to merge the presidencies.

There's been push-back from local and state politicians. A week ago the SUNY Canton chapter of the United University Professions organized a public protest that drew some 200 people in support of Kennedy.

Martha Foley sat down with Kennedy recently to talk about the new plan. He said it's hard to see how the shared presidency will work. And he said the news took him by surprise, too.  Go to full article
Word on the street is that Joe Kennedy has been singled out for this kind of treatment because he was doing too good a job.

Canton says it'll fight a SUNY merger

After several days of media speculation, SUNY's Chancellor announced yesterday that Canton College President Joseph Kennedy will retire at the end of this coming academic year. After that, he will become special advisor to the Chancellor.

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

The loss of Kennedy angered some in the local Canton community, and the town board has voted to fight a possible merger of the two colleges. Julie Grant speaks with Canton Town Supervisor David Button.  Go to full article
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

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.  Go to full article
It is about giving SUNY the flexibility to be this economic engine.

SUNY chief wants regulatory relief

SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher was in Rochester Friday to help announce a regional economic summit set for May. As the Innovation Trail's Zack Seward reports, the head of the state university system also took the opportunity to make a pitch to lawmakers.  Go to full article

Aubertine says extra time spent on budget is worth it

There's another special legislative session scheduled for today in Albany. Lawmakers are still trying finalize the comprehensive budget that was due four months ago.

It'll be the latest in a series of special sessions called by Gov. David Paterson. The latest was a quick session Thursday evening, but a number of legislators, both Democrat and Republican, didn't appear. Leaders said they'd reconvene today for another try at passing the budget. State Sen. Darrel Aubertine, a North Country Democrat, says the process has been slow, but worth it.

The final sticking point appears to be SUNY and CUNY autonomy. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Griffo says SUNY may get trial run at "empowerment"

Gov. David Paterson ended the week Friday by signing 83 bills related to state and local issues from trapping to taxes.
Governor David Paterson has signed a law banning baby bottles, sippy cups and other children's products containing the controversial chemical bisphenol A, or BPA. It takes effect in December.

The "Lake Ontario wine trail" was expanded. Another bill increases the maximum state payments for agricultural protection, when project costs are contributed by the owner of the agricultural land.

The governor also signed the Midwifery Modernization Act. It had swept through the state Legislature with an overwhelming majority in the Assembly and a unanimous vote in the Senate before the legislature adjourned July 1. And the president of the SUNY Upstate Medical University was directed to study the need for branch campuses in the Fort Drum/Watertown and Mohawk Valley.

But the major business of the session, the state budget, is still not done. Word out of the state legislature Friday was that lawmakers were getting close to resolving one of the remaining issues of the budget, "empowerment" of State (and City) University of New York colleges. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Senate shelves budget till after the Fourth

Still no budget for New York State.
New York's Senate shelved its final budget bill hours before it was to be approved. Leaders apparently off further action until after the July 4 holiday - though there are reports the senators may re-convene this morning.
(SEE UPDATE, GOV VS. SENATE, IN THE INBOX)
Senators were expected to voting on the revenue side of the budget sometime after midnight last night. That would have put the final bit of this piecemeal budget in place - after three months of delays and disputes.

But that never happened.

Senate Democratic leader John Sampson said last night he now agrees with Gov. David Paterson that the state needs a contingency plan in case $1 billion in Medicaid funding - called F-MAP -- never comes from Washington.

Sampson denied that he pulled the revenue bill because as many as three Democrats threatened to vote against it. They've demanded action on a bill to give more autonomy to the public university colleges in their districts.
Sampson said he hopes to continue negotiations on SUNY and CUNY empowerment issue, working with Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver. He said it's simply responsible governing.  Go to full article

SUNY chancellor: bad economy has silver lining for community colleges

Newly-appointed SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher continued her tour of North Country campuses yesterday at North Country Community College in Saranac Lake. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

SUNY Board Proposes Tuition Hike

The State University of New York Board of Trustees has recommended that tuition be raised by 41 percent next year. The change could mean that tuition will increase to as much as $4800 a year at some four-year colleges and universities. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

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