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First two candidates for SUNY Potsdam president on campus this week


POTSDAM - The SUNY Potsdam Presidential Search Committee has identified five excellent candidates to invite to campus for interviews over the next three weeks. There will be two open forums for each candidate.

The community is invited to attend the afternoon open forums, along with faculty, staff and students.

The community open forums will be held as follows:

■ Wednesday from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. in the Barrington Student Union Fireside Lounge: Dr. James M. Klein is currently the provost and vice president for academic and student affairs at Southern Oregon University. He has previously served as the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Texas A&M University-Commerce, and the interim dean of the College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences at California State University, Stanislaus.

Dr. Klein earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music at the University of Texas at Austin, and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

An open forum with Dr. Klein will also be held from 9:30 to 10:25 a.m. Wednesday on the eighth floor of Raymond Hall.

■ Thursday from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. in the Dunn Dance Theater: Dr. Kristin G. Esterberg is presently the provost and academic vice president at Salem State University.

She previously served as deputy provost at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where she has also been the associate provost and chair of the sociology department. Before that, she was the director of women’s studies at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Dr. Esterberg earned her bachelor’s degree in philosophy and political science at Boston, before going on to earn her master’s and Ph.D. in sociology from Cornell University.

An open forum with Dr. Esterberg will also be held from 9:15 to 1o:15 a.m. Friday on the eighth floor of Raymond Hall.

■ Candidate 3: Monday from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. in the Dunn Dance Theater.

■ Candidate 4: Feb. 27 from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. in the Dunn Dance Theater.

■ Candidate 5: March 3 from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. in the Dunn Dance Theater.

Information about each candidate will be shared with campus and local media via email, and posted to the SUNY Potsdam website, 48 hours prior to their arrival in Potsdam. The messages will be sent two days before the candidates’ visits, even if the date falls on a weekend.

Feedback from the campus community will be important to the process. There will be an online survey for all who attend forums with the candidates, so that faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members can share their impressions.

Following the campus visits, the Presidential Search Committee will make recommendations to the SUNY Potsdam College Council, which will send three names to the Chancellor for review. SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher will make the final recommendation to the SUNY Board of Trustees, which is the appointing authority.

For more information about the presidential search at SUNY Potsdam, visit

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