CANTON — The state university system's No. 2 official will have a meeting with officials from SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton tomorrow to discuss ongoing plans to share services between the two public colleges. The meeting will take place at SUNY Canton.
Considerable intrigue has reigned since rumors began circulating that SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy was going to leave his post, to be replaced by SUNY Potsdam President John F. Schwaller, who would become president of both colleges.
State University of New York officials confirmed earlier this month that Mr. Kennedy was stepping down from his post, but have declined to elaborate on the future of the president post — and whether both colleges will continue to have their own. At the end of the 2011-2012 school year, Mr. Kennedy will become an adviser to Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher.
David K. Lavallee, the university's provost, is expected to clear up some of the open questions that remain at a meeting tomorrow afternoon. He will meet with College Council representatives and the leadership of both colleges.
In a letter Monday to Ms. Zimpher, state Sen. Patricia A. Ritchie, R-Heuvelton, said that she wanted to ensure that both colleges would continue to have separate identities and that one college wasn't favored over the other.
Mrs. Ritchie also called for an open process. But that seems to have fallen on deaf ears. The press wasn't notified about it, and even officials at the college don't now what they're going to talk about tomorrow.