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Interim presidents appointed at SUNY Potsdam, Canton

The State University of New York colleges in Canton and Potsdam each will have a new interim president starting June 1. The SUNY Board of Trustees approved the appointments Tuesday.  Go to full article
SUNY Canton interim president Carli Schiffner is leaving her post. Photo: SUNY Canton
SUNY Canton interim president Carli Schiffner is leaving her post. Photo: SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton and Potsdam to get own interim presidents after Schiffner resignation

SUNY Canton's interim president Carli Schiffner is resigning her post after six months on the job. In a press release, SUNY Central in Albany says she is taking another position in Washington state, where her parents live.  Go to full article
Last year, SUNY Officials spoke with SUNY Potsdam and Canton councils, who both expressed displeasure with a shared presidency.
Last year, SUNY Officials spoke with SUNY Potsdam and Canton councils, who both expressed displeasure with a shared presidency.

Canton town leaders to say no to SUNY consolidation at trustee meeting

Canton town leaders were on the way to Albany at Tuesday morning to speak at the meeting of the SUNY Trustees. Town Supervisor David Button says SUNY Central may start pushing for the Canton and Potsdam colleges to hire a shared president. Button doesn't think it's a good idea.  Go to full article
SUNY Potsdam President John Schwaller. Photo: SUNY Potsdam
SUNY Potsdam President John Schwaller. Photo: SUNY Potsdam

Schwaller resigns SUNY Potsdam presidency

SUNY Potsdam President John Schwaller made a surprise announcement Tuesday that he's stepping down from his post, effective July 31. Schwaller didn't detail his reasons for resigning. In a letter to campus, he said simply "the time is right for new leadership."

Schwaller's unexpected announcement comes during a period of change at the SUNY campuses in neighboring Potsdam and Canton, one touched off last year with a controversial plan to consolidate presidencies at the two schools, with Schwaller presumably at the top.

SUNY leadership in Albany stepped back from the shared presidency after protests from the Canton College community. Now, Schwaller's announcement is renewing concerns about consolidation.  Go to full article
Weeks after its founding, the Shale Resources and Society Institute (SRSI) released a study that hydrofracking opponents called flawed and biased toward the natural gas industry. Above, a hydrofracked well and drilling pad in Pennsylvania. Photo: Matt Richmond
Weeks after its founding, the Shale Resources and Society Institute (SRSI) released a study that hydrofracking opponents called flawed and biased toward the natural gas industry. Above, a hydrofracked well and drilling pad in Pennsylvania. Photo: Matt Richmond

Controversy simmers over SUNY shale institute

The founders of the new Shale Resources and Society Institute at SUNY Buffalo say its purpose is to act as an information hub on hydrofracking. But only a month after opening its doors, the new institute released a controversial study fracking opponents called flawed and biased in favor of the natural gas industry.

The study was written before the official launch of SRSI and was released under its banner without significant new changes from anyone working at SUNY Buffalo. While the report's authors admit a handful of small errors, they stand behind it and SUNY Buffalo administrators insist the institute was fulfilling its pledge to act as an information hub on fracking.

But the episode raises questions about how objective fracking research can be, even in academia.  Go to full article
Dr. Steve Tyrell. Photo: alfredstate.edu
Dr. Steve Tyrell. Photo: alfredstate.edu

North Country native takes top college post

A North Country native will take over as North Country Community College's sixth president. Steve Tyrell is from Mooers, in Clinton County. He's currently vice president for student affairs at Alfred State College. He will replace Carol Brown, who has served as president since 2009. Brown will retire on April 30 to spend more time with her family.

The Board of Trustees decision Tuesday came after a national search and in-depth interviews with the four final candidates. Chris Morris has our story.  Go to full article
The interior of the Strand Theater
The interior of the Strand Theater

Two downtown spaces bring art to Plattsburgh

Plattsburgh is a city in transition. There's a lot of effort to attract new families and businesses and rebrand the lakeside city as a destination. As Sarah Harris reports, a key part of that revitalization means bringing the downtown back to life and building the arts scene.  Go to full article
College student protest in Albany Monday. Photo: Karen DeWitt.
College student protest in Albany Monday. Photo: Karen DeWitt.

Students rally for SUNY, CUNY

Protesters say 33 students and Occupy Albany activists have been released without injury or incident, following their arrests at the state Capitol Monday. Nearly 400 college and university students from around New York, from the SUNY and CUNY systems, gathered for the rally in Albany.

The students said they were rallying against rising tuition costs and said those increases are pushing them into debt. They want the state to restore funding to public universities. They also said the quality and variety of education are decreasing in New York.  Go to full article
They’ve been falling all over themselves just to try to help. They’ve gone above and beyond.

Colleges share lab space and equipment with SUNY Canton in wake of fire

SUNY Canton chemistry professor Ken Erickson says he's a Saints fan for life.

Erickson says his college's science labs will be closed at least until the end of the semester after last week's fire. But St. Lawrence University is offering lab space on its campus to help out the neighboring school.  Go to full article
They’re just talking about talking and not doing anything.

Protestors briefly "occupy" state budget meeting

Occupy protesters briefly disrupted a state budget hearing at the State Capitol Monday. They said they're angered by inequities in the tax system. In Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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