April 24-25, 2010


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Poskanzer to leave SUNY New Paltz


NEW PALTZ – After a nine year run, SUNY New Paltz President Steven Poskanzer announced his resignation, Friday . He will become president of Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. He will leave SUNY New Paltz at the end of June and assume his new position on August 2.

His administration has made “enormous stride in improving this college’s academic quality, raising its public stature, and positioning it for future success,” Poskanzer said.

“First and foremost, I am struck by the fact that we’ve really significantly raised the academic quality of the college,” he said. “If you look at the recommendations of our students and their credentials when they come in the door, if you look at the graduation rates, which are a real testament to whether students are achieving their goals, if you look at the size of the faculty and the quality of the faculty.”

SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher will name an interim president and the College Council will conduct a national search to replace him.

“Steve’s leadership has been invaluable, not only to New Paltz, but to the entire State University,” said Zimpher.

Carleton College Board of Trustees Co-Chairman Jack Eugster said Poskanzer “is a rare individual, who combines intellect, wit, and a passion for the liberal arts with an innate ability to win over almost everyone he meets.”

Carleton is a small, academically selective liberal arts college with an enrollment of about 2,000 students. 

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