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Dear Members of the Campus Community,

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mary Toale as SUNY Oswego’s executive assistant to the president, effective September 1, 2018.  Toale, who has served the college as a member of the faculty, department chair, interim dean of graduate studies, and most recently as a faculty fellow to the president, will succeed Howard Gordon '74 M'78, who will retire at the end of this week after more than four decades of service at his alma mater.

As executive assistant to the president, Toale will serve as a member of the President’s leadership team.  She will provide assistance, advice and support, and manage a wide variety of legal matters, personnel activities and confidential assignments, including serving as a member of the President’s UUP Labor Management team.

Among her achievements at SUNY Oswego, Toale led the development of the college’s new graduate program in strategic communication. She recently served as the sixth faculty member to serve as a Faculty Fellow in the President’s Office, where she attended and participated fully in weekly President’s Council meetings, served as a liaison to the faculty, and learned about the projects and objectives of the Office of the President and the members of the leadership team.  She also served as interim dean of graduate studies, during the spring 2017 semester, where she provided continuing leadership for the Division of Graduate Studies.

We’re extremely fortunate to have someone like Mary to be able to step into this vital role. She brings a breadth of knowledge and understanding of higher education to the position, and is truly committed to the success of our students, faculty, administrators and staff. She’s well respected on campus and I am confident will serve as a trusted resource, not only to my office, but to all members of the SUNY Oswego campus community.

Toale formerly served on the faculties at West Virginia University, Baldwin Wallace University and West Virginia Wesleyan before joining Oswego in 2014.  She earned a doctorate in instructional communication and master’s degree in communication theory and research from West Virginia University. Her bachelor’s degree is in secondary mathematics education from West Virginia Wesleyan College.

Please join me in congratulating Mary on this new role.


Deborah F. Stanley