Message to the SUNYIT community
Dear SUNYIT community,
Now that the academic year has concluded, and our thoughts turn from the tasks just completed to those that lie ahead, I am writing to share with you a professional and personal decision I have made that will soon become public knowledge.
Recently, I was nominated for the position of Chancellor at the University of Washington Bothell, and I agreed to be considered after determining that the position presented opportunities and challenges that closely align with my credentials and experience. The institution is similar in many ways to SUNYIT, and very different in others. After careful consideration, I have accepted an offer from UW Bothell and will assume the duties of Chancellor effective September 1, 2013.
As many of you know, I am concluding my fifth year as president of SUNYIT. It has been a tremendous period of growth and change. We have seen the construction of three new campus buildings, the launch of new engineering and other academic programs, and the establishment of SUNYIT's partnership with the University at Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. Under that partnership, construction of the Computer Chip Commercialization Center will begin in a few weeks.
While I am honored to have been selected, leaving will not be easy. Together, we have accomplished much, but a lot of work remains to be done. For me, the last five years have revealed only a part of SUNYIT's enormous potential—and it is important that what we have started together continues long after I am gone. In the short term, I will work with the Chancellor's office, Bill Durgin, our provost, and other members of the cabinet during my remaining time here to ensure a smooth leadership transition.
Professionally, I am grateful for the support and encouragement of a great many people here and in the community—especially you, the faculty, staff, students and others in the SUNYIT family. Without your hard work, SUNYIT would not be what it is today. Personally, Sandy and I have made many friends on campus and in the Mohawk Valley. While there will be many "goodbyes" said in the weeks ahead, in this age of instant and constant communication I know that we will stay in touch.
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