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New SUNY Poly interim president to be named

SUNY Chancellor, Dr. Kristina Johnson, paid her second-ever visit to the SUNY Polytechnic Institute campus in Marcy on Tuesday.

Posted: May. 15, 2018 5:43 PM
Updated: May. 15, 2018 7:44 PM

MARCY, NY-- SUNY Chancellor, Dr. Kristina Johnson, paid her second-ever visit to the SUNY Polytechnic Institute campus in Marcy on Tuesday.

There, she met with students, staff and faculty, in part, to get recommendations for a new interim president, as current interim, Dr. Baghat Sammakia, returns to SUNY Binghamton June 15.

"We will go out for a national search and recruit a fantastic leader and I think we want to be able to hand that leader a blueprint of what is SUNY Polytechnic Institute all about, what are the grand challenges it has as an institution and what are the recommendations for continuing to build on its excellence," said Chancellor Johnson, escorted by Interim President Sammakia. 

Three working groups on campus will work on that blueprint while a permanent president for SUNY Poly is sought. Johnson later said the search would, in fact, be international.

Chancellor Johnson says Fuller Road and Ft. Schuyler Management will transition into a newly-formed 501 3C, a federal income tax-exempt entity that will manage the economic development aspect of SUNY Poly. She credits outgoing interim Sammakia with helping to raise enrollment at the college by 47 percent, as well as the quality of incoming students, in terms of academic criteria including SAT scores,  and high school class rank, among other standards.

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