Button: SUNY Canton Needs A President

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Canton's town supervisor and economic developer delivered a mesage to the State University of New york Board of Trustees Tuesday - SUNY Canton should keep its own president and identity.

Town supervisor David Button and economic development director Linda McQuinn travelled to Albany Tuesday to address the SUNY trustees.

Button's and McQuinn's comments came as the trustees are expected to say something - exactly what is not clear - about the future of the presidencies at SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam.

SUNY trustees continue their meeting Wednesday. Any action by the trustees is expected to come then.

"The school has met the expectations the trustees placed on the school and it's time to move forward with selection of a new president," Button told 7 News.

SUNY Canton's college council waged a fierce campaign last year to retain President Joseph Kennedy. The campaign forced SUNY to back away from a plan to have one president for SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam. However with Kennedy's retirement, SUNY Canton has not been allowed to begin the search for his successor and it's widely suspected that SUNY will once again try to impose a shared presidency on the two schools.

The "trustees got the clear impression" the community is concerned about such a move, Button said.

"We got no indication from the trustees as to the direction they might go," Button said. 

In addition, the sudden resignation last week of SUNY Potsdam president Dr. John Schwaller has added to speculation a shared presidency is in the works.

SUNY Potsdam's College Council was to meet Tuesday night to discuss Schwaller's resignation.

Friday, October 31, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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