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Presidential Search



The next successful President will:

  • demonstrate a commitment to the College’s overall mission of intellectual inquiry and academic excellence, promote a student-focused environment, and be an effective and forceful advocate for diversity, inclusion, and equity.
  • equally support SUNY’s PRODiG initiative to diversify the faculty.
  • show an ability to engage with and be visible to students, faculty, and staff as well as a commitment to the success of SUNY New Paltz graduates.
  • show a knowledge of and passion for public higher education and a commitment to shared governance and transparency.
  • demonstrate a history of ethical and accountable leadership.
  • have crisis management skills and experience in strategic planning and implementation.
  • provide effective leadership by exhibiting innovative and creative approaches to advance the College’s mission.
  • possess experience with budgets and be able to establish priorities and policies to promote sound financial management; an ability to further an effective enrollment strategy; and the leadership to enhance a feeling of collegiality, transparency, and shared inquiry.
  • engage alumni, donors, and friends of the College in fundraising through the Alumni Association and College Foundation.
  • communicate and collaborate effectively with senior campus administration, all campus constituents, SUNY system administration, and other SUNY institutions.
  • be committed to developing and maintaining a strong, collaborative, respectful, and transparent relationship with community leaders, organizations, and residents.
  • be fully engaged in dialogue and planning at a national level, during a critical time that requires SUNY’s unparalleled commitment to student success, academic excellence, leadership, research, and economic and community engagement.

Additional Qualifications:

  • a demonstrated record of professional experience is required to lead this public institution of higher learning.
  • qualified candidates will possess an earned doctorate, terminal degree, or commensurate executive-level leadership experience.

Search Details

The State University of New York at New Paltz invites nominations and applications for the position of President. The College seeks a successor to Donald P. Christian who will retire at the end of June 2022, following a 45-year career in higher education and 12 years as president of the college.

Download the Search Prospectus

Contact the Search Committee

For more information, contact the search committee at presidentialsearch@newpaltz.edu.

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