Deborah F. Stanley, who has served as the president
of SUNY Oswego since 1995, has been selected by Senator
Jim Wright ’71 as a 2006 New York State
Senate Woman of Distinction.
New York State Senator
Jim Wright ’71 presents
SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley with
the 2006 New York State Senate Woman of Distinction
“Deborah has exhibited strong leadership as the
president of SUNY Oswego,” said Wright. “Under
her direction, the college has grown with new facilities,
technologies and programs. SUNY Oswego is a better place
because of her and I am pleased that she has been selected
for this honor.”
The Board of Trustees for the State University of New
York appointed Stanley as SUNY Oswego’s 10th president
on Aug. 1, 1997. President Stanley was interim president
from 1995 to 1997. Before that time, she held the office
of vice president for academic affairs and provost and
served as executive assistant to the president.
President Stanley pledged a commitment to a new level
of academic excellence for SUNY Oswego in her first
months in office, forging the course for a truly learner-centered
academic environment as a catalyst for campus renewal.
Her initiatives have led to innovative programs for
first-year students — including First Choice classes
with enrollment capped at 19 for all newly admitted
students; a new first-year advisement strategy for each
new student; and the Oswego Reading Initiative, a focused
experience designed for incoming students, now embraced
by the entire campus.
Among President Stanley’s many significant accomplishments
are the Oswego Guarantee covering costs, class sizes,
and time-to-degree matters, and an unprecedented merit
scholarship program that includes the Oswego Presidential
Scholars Awards, providing almost $2 million annually
to high performing high school seniors.
Oswego State has grown by almost 1,000 students over
the past five years, enrolling greater percentages of
highly qualified students who persist in significantly
higher rates than five years ago. Under President Stanley’s
leadership, both the number of awards and the total
dollar amount of grants awarded to the campus have more
than doubled in just the last five years.
In October 2001, the School of Education achieved NCATE
accreditation. The School of Business earned AACSB International
accreditation in 2002.
The college is currently seeing the fruits of President
Stanley's ambitious campus-wide renewal project. The
project, encompassing more than $160 million of renovations,
has resulted in transforming Rich Hall into a state-of-the-art
home of the School of Business, Johnson Hall into a
welcoming home of the First-Year Residential Experience
and part of Penfield Library into the cozy Lake Effect
Café. January 2006 saw the college's signature
building, Sheldon Hall, reopen to hold classes for the
first time in more than 20 years, while a renovated
Poucher Hall now serves as the college's new humanities
center. The Campus Center, the first newly constructed
building in more than 30 years, continues to flourish
as its fall 2006 opening approaches.
President Stanley is responsible for a massive upgrade
of campus technological capabilities. Following the
most recent strategic plan, the campus is installing
wireless laptop environments across campus and upgrading
"smart" classroom technology.
President Stanley is currently a member of the National
Collegiate Athletic Association Division III Presidents
Council. She has served as a commissioner for the American
Council on Education. She is a member of American Association
of State Colleges and Universities Women Presidents
President Stanley is a founding board member of the
New York State Campus Compact. She is chairman of the
Board of Directors of Oswego County National Bank, a
board member of Metropolitan Development Association
and vice president of the Metropolitan Development Foundation
of Syracuse. She has made presentations on many contemporary
issues in higher education.
President Stanley is tenured in the School of Business.
She earned a baccalaureate degree with honors in English
and a juris doctor degree from Syracuse University,
which presented her its Distinguished Alumni Award in
2000. She is admitted to the practice of law in New
President Stanley is married to attorney Michael J.
Stanley and has four children.
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