Vancko said she was pleased to have served as officer in charge and appreciated support she received.
“Cobleskill is poised to be an academic leader entering its second century,” Vancko said. “We are fortunate Dr. Thatcher has agreed to serve as acting president. She has played a major role in helping us achieve our initial goals through her leadership of the strategic planning, academic prioritization and Middle States processes and her support of shared services. I look forward to watching Cobleskill grow under her guidance.”
In a prepared statement, Thatcher said she was honored by Zimpher and SUNY trustees to be tapped to be acting president.
“I look forward to continuing the momentum initiated by Dr. Vancko,” Thatcher said. “Our future is very bright.
“We are entering an exciting era marked by hiring new faculty and staff and building modern facilities to support academic and student life programs that will move SUNY Cobleskill to the forefront as the Northeast’s leading college of agriculture and technology,” Thatcher said.
Thatcher was was provost and dean of faculty at Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, N.C., from 2006-10, and from 2001-06, as director, School of Education, and associate dean of the School of Professional Studies at Northern Michigan University. Thatcher is a graduate of the University of Wyoming, and holds master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of South Carolina.