CANTON SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher has announced her recommendation of Zvi Szafran as SUNY Cantons next president.
The SUNY board of trustees will hold a special meeting April 3 to consider appointing Mr. Szafran, who is vice president for academic affairs at Southern Polytechnic State University in Georgia.
The final approval step is expected to be a mere formality, and Mr. Szafran is SUNY Cantons likely next president, according to Ronald M. ONeill, chairman of the College Council.
I dont see any problem at all there whatsoever, Mr. ONeill said. I think theyre probably aware of the candidate, and Im sure that the candidate has already been interviewed by the board, so its just a formality of presenting him to the full board.
Ms. Zimpher stated in a news release: Having served for nearly a decade as a member of the leadership team at a technology college within a state system of higher education, Dr. Szafrans experience and vision align well with SUNY Cantons mission as well as SUNYs strategic priorities.
Im very excited about SUNY Cantons future, Mr. Szafran said in the release. Their career-driven, hands-on mission is critical to Americas and New Yorks growth, and they have an excellent strategic plan. I look forward to helping them to achieve the success they deserve.
Mr. Szafran could not be reached for comment Friday.
Mr. Szafran holds a Ph.D degree in physical inorganic chemistry from the University of South Carolina and a B.S. in chemistry from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, according to a biographical comment on Southern Polytechnic State Universitys website.
Prior to joining Southern Polytechnic, Mr. Szafran served as vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty at New England College, Henniker, N.H. He is widely published in fields related to the environment and chemistry, and publishes a blog about academic matters and personal observations titled The Weekly Blab.
SUNY Cantons acting president, Joseph C. Hoffman, will return to his previous position as a distinguished teaching professor at SUNY Maritime College. He said Mr. Szafran will be a good fit for SUNY Canton.
Im thrilled, he said. We were very impressed when we met him.
He said he hopes Mr. Szafran focuses on creating an enrollment management plan to help guide the growth of the college.
Mr. Hoffman said he considered pursuing the permanent president position, but elected to move back downstate to be closer to family.
We loved it up here. It was a tough decision to make, he said.
Mr. ONeill described Mr. Szafran as a reserved, intelligent man with plenty of ideas on how to lead the college.
Hes just very impressive after you speak to him for a few minutes, he said. Hes just such a good fit; its like he was meant to be there.
Mr. ONeill thanked Ms. Zimpher and the SUNY board of trustees for acting to wrap up the lengthy search.