Second President Candidate Visits SUNY Potsdam


The second semifinalist for president at SUNY Potsdam says the Start-Up NY tax-free incentive program presents unique opportunities for the college to play a role in start-up businesses.

Kristin Esterberg says she has "a passion for diversity" and that she feels college is a place for students to have a choice in the courses they take.

Esterberg is currently the provost and academic vice president at Salem State University in Massachusetts.

She says the college is a economic generator that plays an important role as a cultural center for the community and Start-Up NY would give faculty a chance to serve as consultants for start-up businesses and provide students with entrepreneurial skills.

"Frankly, there are art students who need those skills the most," she said, "because they're the ones -- whether they're writers, whether they're dancers, whether they're artists, practicing artists -- they're the ones that are going to have to learn how do you become a sole entrepreneur if you're going to continue to maintain your craft."

Three more candidates will visit the Potsdam campus over the next two weeks. The SUNY Potsdam college council will meet on March 5 to select the top three candidates who will be recommended to the SUNY chancellor.

Friday, December 9, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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