The Presidency of Donald P. Christian


\\ The Presidency of Donald P. Christian \\

Leading SUNY New Paltz Forward, 2010-2022



Growing academic programs and initiatives


mechanical engineering program


Supported the establishment of Mechanical Engineering, online MBA, Digital Design & Fabrication, Astronomy, BiochemistryTrauma & Disaster Mental Health, graduate Creative Writing concentration, and Behavior Analysis & Autism Studies, among many other new and revised undergraduate and graduate programs.


President Christian with Robert F Kennedy Jr


Provided leadership and support for numerous new and and continuing academic events on campus, providing opportunities for students to expand their learning outside the classroom. Examples include the Distinguished Speaker Series, the Student Research Symposium, the Women’s Leadership Summit, the Engineering Design EXPO and the Hudson Valley Future Summit, among many others.


The Honors Program

Supported Honors Program revision, liberal education discussion, revision of General Education and two successful reaccreditations, as well as program accreditations for the School of Business (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), Division of Engineering Programs (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology), and the Counselor Education Program (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs).



Educational Opportunity Program

Expanded the Educational Opportunity Program by 100 students (20% growth), serving students who show promise and potential for college success with additional academic and financial assistance.



HVAMC ribbon cutting ceremony

Advanced the 3D printing initiative at SUNY New Paltz, including engagement with business, industry, government agencies and other higher-education entities, and securing private and public funding to establish the Hudson Valley Additive Manufacturing Center and the Engineering Innovation Hub.