Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
July 15, 1988
Alan B. Donovan is expected to start his new job as president at the State University College at Oneonta today.
Carey Brush, who has been acting president, said the new administrator didn’t have a particular agenda for the day.
Donovan was appointed to the $90,000-a-year post in May after a nationwide search that attracted about 100 applications. He will be SUCO’s sixth president, succeeding Clifford H. Craven, who retired last fall after leading the college since 1971.
Donovan previously was vice-president for academic affairs at Northern Michigan University for four years. He also has served as dean of liberal arts and sciences at Glassboro State College in New Jersey and acting dean of graduate studies and associate dean at the State University College at New Paltz. He has taught at Temple University and Kenyon University.
Donovan, who is originally from Rochester, is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Williams College. He earned a doctoral degree in American studies at Yale University.
50 years ago
July 15, 1963
Job interviews for Oneonta High School students arranged under Kiwanis Club sponsorship to reveal how the students would appear to prospective employers has brought some of the students bona fide job offers.
Kiwanis club officials revealed this week that several of the 25 secretarial and business students have actually received job offers as a result of a program whereby local business and professional people interviewed them with an eye towards evaluation of their appearance and answers.
The program was worked out in cooperation between Brent H. Patten, business teacher at OHS, and Ralph O. Clarkson, dean of students at Hartwick College, to permit the students to learn how their interview performance was rated by professional businessmen of the community.