Nancy Kleniewski was appointed the seventh president of the State University College at Oneonta through a unanimous vote by SUNY trustees Tuesday.
She will take office July 14, replacing Alan B. Donovan, who is retiring after 20 years of leading SUCO. Kleniewski will earn $205,000 annually and have use of a vehicle.
``I am just thrilled and honored to have been appointed,'' Kleniewski, 60, said Tuesday. ``The wait is over. The suspense is over.''
Kleniewski appeared before the State University Board of Trustees during a meeting at the SUNY College of Optometry in New York City on Tuesday, said David Henahan, SUNY spokesman.
Kleniewski said she has left her position as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Bridgewater State in Massachusetts and is on vacation. Previously, she held key academic and administrative positions at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and at the State University College at Geneseo.
During remarks after her appointment Tuesday, she thanked parties involved. She said Patrick Brown, SUCO College Council chairman, and David Brenner, former chairman and head of the Presidential Search Committee, were present, she said.
``I felt very supported,'' Kleniewski said. She most recently visited SUCO at the end of May, meeting with Donovan and going house-hunting.
Carol Blazina, SUCO spokeswoman, said Kleniewski has deferred her $4,500 monthly housing allowance and will live in the college's president's house on West Street, which will give her and her husband, Bill, more time to look for a house.
Donovan is traveling in Russia, Blazina said.
The SUCO College Council and the Presidential Search Committee did outstanding work in recruiting such an accomplished, talented and experienced educator as Kleniewski, SUNY Board of Trustees Chairman Carl T. Hayden said.
"She has some very large shoes to fill, but I am confident she is more than up to the challenge," Hayden said.
SUNY Interim Chancellor John B. Clark said Kleniewski's experience in leading public institutions of higher education in New York and Massachusetts will help her lead the Oneonta campus community.
As provost and vice president of academic affairs at Bridgewater State, Kleniewski administered an annual budget of $35 million. She managed nine academic research and outreach centers at the public college of 9,900 students and 675 full-time equivalent faculty and staff.
She began her career at SUNY Geneseo, rising from associate to full professor and chairwoman of the sociology department.
Hayden and Clark also praised Donovan's tenure at SUCO, which enrolls more than 5,800 students.