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College Council has broad scope

As the college’s citizen advisory and oversight group, the SUNY New Paltz College Council not only provides direction and input to the president and his cabinet, but also develops and fosters strong relationships between the institution and local communities, and promotes campus and university interests.

Photo by Eric Gullickson

Members of the SUNY New Paltz College Council (left to right): John VanderLippe (Faculty Representative, ex-officio), Eleanor Venables, Kenneth J. Abt, Harry Scherr III (chair), Marianne Collins, George A. Morton and College President Steven Poskanzer. Members not pictured are: Bythema Bagley, Thomas G. Conway, Carolyn Kuhlmann, Victoria Passarella (Student Association President) and Chuck Lynch (Alumni Association), ex-officio).

One of the most important responsibilities of the 10-member College Council is that of choosing the right person to lead the college as its president. With the recent inauguration of Steven Poskanzer, that charge can presumably take a back seat to the groups’s other important duties.

“We feel our role as council members only has two pieces: to look at the head person, and the second job is to move the college forward and take care of its customers -- the students,” said Harry Scherr, chair of the College Council.

The College Council is comprised of the following 10 members, all represent- ing various professional backgrounds and coming from different locations around the region: Bythema Bagley, New Paltz, nine years of service; Marianne Collins, Woodstock, eight years; Council President Harry Scherr, Newburgh, seven years; Kenneth J. Abt, Middletown, six years; Eleanor Venables, New Paltz, four years; Thomas G. Conway, Esq., Kingston, four years; George A. Morton, Hopewell Junction, four years; Carolyn Kuhlmann, Ellenville, two years; one vacancy; one student representative, Victoria Passarella (Student Association President), and two ex-officio members, Chuck Lynch (New Paltz Alumni Association) and John VanderLippe (Presiding Officer of the Faculty).

“What I value most about the group is that they help us to see whether New Paltz is living up to the expectations that the community has for the college,” said Steven Poskanzer about the College Council.

“They serve a special role as advocates in government, business and cultural niches in the region. They are ambassadors for the college as we seek to raise its public profile and continue to raise private support for all that we do here.”

The group holds its meetings once every month on campus. The meeting is open to the campus community and public. For more information on meeting schedules and agenda items, call Lisa Davis at x3291.

JULY 5, 2004
Volume 2, Issue 13

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