President a candidate for presidency in Virginia

SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley is one of two finalists for the presidency at Old Dominion University, a public research university of about 22,000 students in Norfolk, Va.

Stanley has served as president at Oswego for 13 years. She said Saturday that an executive search firm contacted her in early spring about applying for the position to replace Roseanne Runte, who has taken the same job at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.

Old Dominion University, a nationally recognized research extensive university with six colleges, offers baccalaureate and master’s programs as well as 36 doctoral programs.

“I have spent my academic career so far at Oswego and it is my home, so I do not consider leaving lightly. At the same time, I am honored to be considered by Old Dominion,” Stanley said. “The position offers an exciting challenge to define a course for a considerably larger institution that is well positioned to achieve prominent status as a top 100 research institution. The search at ODU allows me to explore a wonderful opportunity but does not affect the exemplary work that continues at Oswego.”

Once again ranked by U.S. News as a top university in the North, over the past decade SUNY Oswego has experienced rapid growth in the number of top students enrolled, unprecedented recruitment of extremely talented, highly productive and sought-after faculty, steady increase in research and sponsored programs, and rejuvenation of campus infrastructure following more than $250 million in renovations and new construction.

Drawing deeply on the input of dedicated faculty, staff and students in capital projects planning has been a best practice at Oswego that Stanley initiated. The campus is now focusing on two new projects, a $110 million sciences building and a $34 million village of townhouses for upperclassmen. “The resources are now in place for both initiatives to go forward,” Stanley said.

Stanley cited the emergence of a learner-centered culture coupled with innovative and distinctive new programs, accreditation of the Schools of Business and Education, and the successful completion of the college’s first comprehensive campaign as major accomplishments at Oswego in the past decade. She said she has appreciated working closely with the New York State Legislature and with the external constituencies of alumni and business and industry, gathering support for SUNY Oswego.

In an extensive and highly confidential interview process by the ODU search committee and Board of Visitors, Stanley said she was deeply impressed by the obvious dedication and commitment of the ODU community. “Old Dominion is one of the most innovative, rapidly changing campuses in the state and it would be an opportunity to do more to serve the public by creating the conditions for reinvigorating and renewing public trust in post-secondary institutions,” she said.

Before becoming president, Stanley was provost and vice president for academic affairs at SUNY Oswego. She taught for 11 years in the School of Business, earning tenure as an associate professor before moving into administration.

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(Posted: Aug 23, 2008)

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