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Buffalo Chancellor Recommending Podolefsky for President

Contact Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (March 19, 2010) – The Board of Trustees at Buffalo State College, the largest college in the State University of New York system, will consider a recommendation during its meeting March 23 to name Aaron Podolefsky the new university president.

SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher announced her recommendation this week. If approved by the board, Podolefsky, who became the UCM ’s 14th president in 2005, would succeed Dennis K. Ponton, who has been serving as interim president since Aug. 1, 2009, when Muriel A. Howard, Buffalo State’s president since 1996, stepped down to assume the presidency of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities in Washington, D.C.

“As a successful higher education leader with strategic planning know-how and a proven knack for cultivating campus-community partnerships and economic development, Dr. Podolefsky will be a tremendous asset to Buffalo State College, Western New York and the SUNY system,” Zimpher said.

Buffalo State shares some similarities to UCM in that it was founded in 1871, the same year UCM was founded, and has a student population of about 11,000. It also offers 152 undergraduate and 61 graduate programs in the arts, sciences, professions and education.