SUNY Potsdam & Canton Ink Deal To Share Services

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Two colleges, two presidents, one agreement.

It means SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton will be working more closely together.

"We wrote it as a road map for what we will be doing the next two years," said Dennis Hefner, SUNY Potsdam's interim president.

The new agreement formalizes what has already been underway.

The two campuses will be sharing more office functions, including purchasing, and they could develop new academic programs together.

The signing ceremony was noteworthy for another reason - there were two presidents doing the signing.

"Shared services sort of got a bad rap because people think it meant shared presidents," said Joe Hoffman, SUNY Canton's acting president.

State university bosses wanted the sharing to start with a single president for both colleges.

The canton community fought back, successfully.

"Sharing a president was not one of the things we wanted to see happen," said Ron O'Neill, chairman of the SUNY Canton College Council.

We caught up with some SUNY Potsdam professors.

They say other forms of sharing can be nothing but good.

"I think it is something that is long overdue," said Steve Marqusee, dean of Arts and Sciences.

"So we do things together instead of separately. That's efficient," said Phil Neisser, assistant dean of Arts and Sciences.

The applause Monday was partly because of the agreement, but some could have also been because two years of wrangling over the college presidencies is over.

Friday, November 21, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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