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May 8, 2013

SUNY Cobleskill seeks new president

A change of leadership is in the works as SUNY Cobleskill prepares for a national search for a president.

Debra Hollar Thatcher will begin as acting president at the State University College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill effective June 1. Her annual salary will be $170,000, according to a media release from the State University Board of Trustees in Albany on Tuesday.

Trustees also announced leadership changes at the SUNY Canton, Geneseo and Empire State campuses. Thatcher has served as chief operating officer, provost and vice president of academic affairs at SUNY Cobleskill since January 2011, the release said.

In August 2011, Candace Vancko, president of SUNY Delhi, was named officer in charge at SUNY Cobleskill. She will continue in that dual role until June 1 and be available for consultation after the transition, Joel Smith, spokesman for the State University College of Technology at Delhi, said Tuesday.

Smith said with the change, Vancko will continue her focus on developing programs at SUNY Delhi, including seeking approval for a master’s degree in nursing, and furthering the college’s centennial capital campaign to raise $3 million.

Vancko, 68, earned $249,000 in her dual leadership role, Smith said, and as of June 1, her annual salary will be $189,000.

Thatcher’s appointment is the first step in the process, announced last month by SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher, that will lead to a search for a president for SUNY Cobleskill in fall 2014, with the goal of having a president in place by the summer of 2015, Vancko said in a media release from SUNY Cobleskill.

SUNY has recognized “the tremendous strides we have made through shared services,” Vancko said in a prepared statement. “By working together, we’ve made impressive progress toward achieving our goals of positioning Cobleskill for enrollment growth, improving the campus appearance and infrastructure, and securing Middle States re-accreditation.”

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