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Presidential Search Process
SUNY Ulster Board of Trustees Chair, William Spearman has announced the beginning of the search process that will identify a successor to Donald C. Katt, who has announced his plans to retire in the summer of 2015.  Katt has served as SUNY Ulster’s President since 2000 and is only the fifth president in the College’s history.
The Search Committee, which is comprised of representatives from a wide variety of campus and community constituencies, held its first meeting on December 2, 2014.  
The committee was joined by SUNY Senior Vice Chancellor Johanna Duncan-Poitier, who provided an overview of the polebannerprocess as well as insights into conducting a successful search.  Duncan-Poitier stressed the confidential nature of all committee proceedings and that choosing a president is the single most important task that a Board of Trustees undertakes.  She thanked the committee members for their willingness to make time available to be a part of this critical responsibility.
Chairman Spearman announced that the committee will seek input from the campus and community about the characteristics and experience that the next president should possess.  They will do this through a variety of means that will include a written survey and meetings with faculty and staff.  From all of the input received a presidential profile will be prepared.
Mr. Spearman stated that the College’s five year plan, which the Board of Trustees passed at its December meeting, will serve as a blueprint that defines some of the challenges and opportunities that the next president should be prepared to address.
Mr. Spearman said that he will act as spokesperson for the committee and will provide regular updates to the campus community.
Anyone wishing to reach Mr. Spearman may contact Ms. Burnelle Roser at (845) 687-5293 or at
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