News Release: SUNY Polytechnic Institute Begins Search for New President

News Release: SUNY Polytechnic Institute Begins Search for New President

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For Release:           Immediate – December 20, 2022
Contact:                  Steve Ference, Director of University Marketing & Communications
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National Search for Next Leader Aims to Select Permanent President to Further Bolster SUNY Poly’s World-Class Academic and Research Offerings

Utica, NY – SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly) announced that a new national search process to find a permanent president is underway. The search, led by SUNY Poly’s College Council, will be conducted in accordance with SUNY’s presidential search policy guidelines and seeks a strong leader to continue the institution’s legacy of experiential learning and cutting-edge research opportunities.

“On behalf of SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Presidential Search Committee, we are proud to announce that this new, national search to find SUNY Poly’s next President has begun,” said College Council Chair RoAnn Destito. “We look forward to embarking on this process to provide permanent leadership. In addition, after the expected transfer of the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, located in Albany, to the University at Albany, the successful presidential candidate will continue to foster the growth and success of our Utica campus, enabling SUNY Poly’s unmatched student experience as well as further supporting economic activity in the Mohawk Valley region and across New York State.”

“This presidential search process will act as an important milestone for SUNY Poly while we work toward enabling a vibrant future for our faculty, staff, and students,” said SUNY Poly Officer-in-Charge Dr. Andrew Russell. “We will employ an inclusive process to engage our alumni, SUNY Poly Foundation, faculty, staff, students, and representatives from SUNY as we pursue an outcome that will set the stage for a thriving campus for years to come.”

The search committee will retain the services of an executive search firm to identify the appropriate candidates for the position through targeted outreach and screening.

Recently, the SUNY Board of Trustees voted to initiate a process that seeks to transfer SUNY Poly’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, located at the Albany Nanotech Complex in Albany, NY, to the University at Albany. The resolution also indicated that Interim Chancellor Deborah Stanley charged the SUNY Poly College Council with “immediately launching a national search for a Permanent President of SUNY Poly Utica,” and that, in the meantime, SUNY Poly Officer-in-Charge Dr. Russell is authorized to “begin the process of creating a robust strategic plan along with local stakeholders, strengthening the future of SUNY Poly Utica as the premier public polytechnic school in the state and nation.”


About SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly)
SUNY Poly is New York’s globally recognized, high-tech educational ecosystem. SUNY Poly offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the emerging disciplines of nanoscience and nanoengineering, as well as cutting-edge nanobioscience programs at its Albany campus, and undergraduate and graduate degrees in technology, including engineering, cybersecurity, computer science, and the engineering technologies; professional studies, including business, communication, and nursing; and arts and sciences, including natural sciences, game design, mathematics, humanities, and social sciences at its Utica campus; thriving athletic, recreational, and cultural programs, events, and activities complement the campus experience. As the world’s most advanced, university-driven research enterprise, SUNY Poly boasts billions of dollars in high-tech investments and hundreds of corporate partners since its inception. For information visit