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Academic Affairs Leadership Update

Dear Campus Community:

I recently shared an update with Academic Affairs regarding transitions in leadership.  In an effort to keep our entire campus community informed, below is an abbreviated version of that communication: 

As you may recall from Dr. Young’s campus communication on June 1, Dr. Pete Soscia, Senior Associate Vice President, accepted a new position as Vice President for Academic Affairs at BridgeValley Community and Technical College in South Charleston, West Virginia. Pete has recently concluded his time at SUNY Orange and will soon begin his new position as VPAA. 

With Pete’s departure and with the recent news of our award of a $1.5 million Liberty Partnership Program grant, the urgency in appointing an Interim Associate Vice President became clear to me.  The urgency, however, is also an opportunity to make some organizational changes that I believe will leverage the collective expertise of our Academic Affairs support partners. 

Organizationally, I have decided to join the following areas of Academic Affairs together as part of the new Division of Learning and Student Success: Library, Office of Educational Partnerships, Academic Support Services, Cultural Affairs, Academic Technology, Liberty Partnership Program, and Center for Teaching and Learning. The division will have a strong leadership role in the development of innovative and effective academic support programs and instructional resources, supported by technology and professional development.   The division will also serve as the central point of leadership for academic programs and educational partnerships that extend throughout our campus community. 

I have appointed Dena Whipple to lead this Division as Interim Associate Vice President for Learning and Student Success; her first day will be July 31, 2017.   I have great expectations for the work of this re-conceptualized division, and am excited to see the ways this team will support today’s and tomorrow’s students.  In the next few weeks, I will begin working with Dena and the other Academic Associate Vice Presidents on a transition plan for leadership of the Center for Teaching and Learning for the 2017-18 academic year. 

As Dr. Young noted in her previous communication, I intend to complete a search for the permanent Associate Vice President for Learning and Student Success during the 2017-18 academic year. 

In the meantime, I wish you all a relaxing and rejuvenating remainder of the summer and look forward to seeing you as we begin the 2017-18 academic year, if not before.


Erika Hackman
Vice President for Academic Affairs