SUNY Potsdam President John Schwaller will step down effective at the end of next July.
In a statement released this morning, Schwaller looked back on his 6-and-a-half years at the college:
Through strategic planning, self-reflection, shared governance, and investment in the student experience, our campus continues to grow, even as it has weathered the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. This is, in a word, remarkable. The contributions of SUNY Potsdam to the North Country over the last six years have been profound. We can all be very, very proud of what we have achieved together.
He goes on to write he dearly loves the campus, which “must continue to capitalize on this success.”
In order to do that, for the College to advance in a changing academic environment, I believe the time is right for me to turn the campus over to new leadership. After much consideration, I have come to the conclusion that it is in the best interest of SUNY Potsdam for me to resign my position as President, effective July 31, 2013.
Schwaller’s unexpected announcement comes in a period of change at the SUNY campuses in neighboring Potsdam and Canton, one touched off last year with a controversial plan to consolidate presidencies at the two schools – with Schwaller presumably at the top.
SUNY leadership in Albany stepped back from the shared presidency after protests from the Canton College community. In the past weeks there have been announcements of shared services, and administration between the two schools.
There’s no additional comment from Schwaller’s office. More later…