SUNY Oswego Presidential Search Update
Chair of the SUNY Oswego Presidential Search Committee and SUNY Oswego College Council James McMahon announced Aug. 26 that the College Council decided not to advance any of five presidential finalists who presented on campus in summer 2022 to SUNY System.
McMahon said that a new search firm, RPA Inc., was selected.
“Specifically, we have decided to utilize RPA’s hybrid model for search services,” McMahon said in the announcement. “The hybrid model, long used by RPA, Inc. in many searches, is more cost effective for SUNY Oswego because the hybrid model allows us to tap into the expertise and national networks of RPA, Inc. during the recruitment phases of the search while also utilizing the expertise of Ms. Rodriguez-Awoliyi, assistant vice chancellor for presidential searches at SUNY, to support the search committee throughout the search.”
The university initially launched the search for the 11th president of SUNY Oswego in fall 2021 after President Deborah F. Stanley announced that she would retire Dec. 31, 2021. She was shortly thereafter appointed interim SUNY chancellor, as SUNY searched for a new chancellor of the 64-campus system. (see related story)
Dr. Mary C. Toale assumed responsibilities as SUNY Oswego’s officer in charge Jan. 1, 2022, while the university searched for a
In spring 2022, the search committee—whose members represent SUNY Oswego faculty, staff, alumni, students, College Council and the SUNY system— reviewed applicants and conducted virtual interviews with candidates.
Over the summer, the search committee brought five finalists to campus to present to alumni, students, faculty, staff and community members in forums, which were held in person and live streamed via Zoom. All attendees were invited to provide feedback on each candidate.
“We appreciate the participation of many members of SUNY Oswego’s community during the recent on-campus interviews, and we commend the search committee for successfully conducting the first phase of the search in accordance with the SUNY Presidential Search Guidelines,” McMahon said. “The search committee’s willingness to continue this important work is greatly appreciated and we are confident we will find the next great president of SUNY Oswego at the end of this process.”
Future updates on the search will be posted online to the SUNY Oswego Presidential Search website .
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