SUNY Canton's interim president is leaving the north country for a job in the state of Washington.
State University of New York Chancellor Nancy Zimpher announced Thursday that Canton interim President Carli Schiffner will be leaving her post effective July 31 and will become vice president of instruction at Wenatchee Valley College in Wenatchee, Washington.
John Schwaller, president of SUNY Potsdam, announced his resignation in December, also effective in July.
SUNY officials plan to appoint an interim head for each campus by July 1 and begin the search for a president for each campus.
Schiffner said resigning was a difficult decision.
“SUNY Canton and the Canton community are like my adopted family,” said Schiffner.
"This was a very difficult decision for me to make, however, this is an opportunity that both personally and professionally I could not turn down," she said.
The campuses have started sharing services and some positions over the last couple of years.
Some had feared the central SUNY administration would force the colleges to share a president.
The two SUNY schools will be sharing three new positions: a vice president for advancement, a chief information officer and a vice president for student affairs.
They already share a chief financial officer and a veterans affairs director.
Friday, August 22, 2014, Watertown, NY
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