November 2, 2021 - 4:15pm

A Message from Presidential Search Committee Chair James McMahon

Dear Members of the Oswego Campus Community:

It is with great anticipation that we are starting the process to identify the next President of SUNY Oswego. The College Council, SUNY Leadership, and the entire SUNY Oswego community extend our warmest appreciation to President Deborah F. Stanley whose legacy of student success, growth, inclusion, excellence and care has established a robust foundation for SUNY Oswego’s future.

Presidential Search Committee

I am pleased to announce the membership of the Presidential Search Committee and to report that we held our first meeting yesterday, Monday, November 1, during which SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras charged the group with its task to find SUNY Oswego’s next leader.

The search committee makeup is consistent with SUNY Presidential Search Guidelines and representative of the wide-range of excellent work that takes place at SUNY Oswego each and every day.  As the search chair, I am honored to preside over this 18-member committee that consists of the following colleagues:

James McMahon, Chair
College Council Representative

Darlene Baker
College Council Representative

Takayla Beckon
Student Representative

Anta Cissé-Green
SUNY Chancellor’s Designee

Dr. Patricia Clark
Faculty Representative

Rose Crane
College Foundation Representative

Dr. Kristin L. Croyle
Dean Representative

Richard Farfaglia
College Council Representative

Dr. Lisa Glidden
Faculty Representative

Howard Gordon
Alumni Representative

Brian S. McGrath, Esq.
College Council Representative

Dr. Ritu Radhakrishnan
Faculty Representative

Dr. Casey C. Raymond
Faculty Representative

Magdalena D. Rivera
Professional/Support Staff Representative

Zulaika Rodriguez-Awoliyi
SUNY Chancellor’s Liaison

Dr. Eric Schmitz
Faculty Representative

Dr. Michele Thornton
Faculty Representative

Ellen F. McCloskey
College Liaison

Presidential Search Website

We have also launched a Presidential Search website to keep the campus community informed.  The website contains information about the search process, schedule/timeline, search committee, and the search firm, Academic Search, which has been retained to guide the search for Oswego’s next president.

The website will soon provide a presidential search prospectus and advertisement for the position at SUNY Oswego.  For all information on the position and process, please continue to visit SUNY Oswego’s presidential search website for the search timeline and community updates.  Please refer anyone with questions about the search process to the website.

Upcoming Listening Sessions and Survey to Gather Community Input

Input from the entire SUNY Oswego community is essential at this stage of the search.  During the second week of November (Nov. 8-12), Listening Sessions will be led by Academic Search Senior Consultants Kate Nolde and Bill Kibler to allow members of a variety of campus and community constituencies an opportunity to register their views about future needs and priorities for SUNY Oswego.  At these sessions—to be finalized and posted to the Presidential Search website in the coming days—we will engage in discussion and carefully consider your thoughts about the qualities, skills and experiences you are looking for in the next SUNY Oswego president.    

We are also asking for your collective input via a Presidential Search survey, and encourage students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the college to take a few minutes to complete the survey at SUNY Oswego Presidential Search Survey.

Thank you for your support and participation in the SUNY Oswego Presidential search process.  We look forward to updating you every step of the way on this journey we share in finding the next president of SUNY Oswego.


James McMahon
Presidential Search Committee Chair
Chair, College Council Representative