This just over the wire (aka my inbox):
The State University of New York announced today that SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy will retire at the end of the 2011-2012 academic year.
Mr. Kennedy will then work with SUNY Potsdam President John F. Schwaller to help the two schools, about 15 miles apart, share services.
“President Kennedy has advocated for the types of administrative savings we must consider at this time, while SUNY seeks to uphold its obligation to use taxpayer and tuition dollars as efficiently as possible and to the maximum benefit of students," said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher in a news release.
Mr. Kennedy's departure has irked many in the town and at the college, who are calling his departure unceremonious and unwarranted, given the expansion that the college has seen during his 18-year tenure, the longest of any SUNY president.
And here's reaction from Assemblywoman Addie Russell, in a news release:
“I am pleased that SUNY Canton President Joe Kennedy will stay on through this next academic year at SUNY Canton. He will then go on to make important contributions to the 64-campus SUNY system, advising SUNY and the Chancellor on shared services implementation. ...Finally, I want to thank Chancellor Nancy Zimpher for being responsive to my concerns and receptive to my input in this important matter for our SUNY institutions in the North Country. “
The vocal protestors, by the way, are seemingly OK with this turn of events: "A group of very loyal very vocal people from upstate new york backed #SUNY into a corner and #SUNY relented. This is a great day for Prez K," tweeted a support-group account.
It doesn't seem like everyone is yet totally on board: Here's a tweet in response to the one from @SupportPrezK from a separate Twitter account that was set up: "@SupportPrezK The fight is not over!"
This is, in my mind, quite bizarre. The only thing that's changed from the rumors that we heard is that Mr. Kennedy is saying another year. I guess that was enough to mollify the opposition.