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April 2, 2012

SUNY Empire State College President Alan Davis to Be Next President at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in British Columbia

Resigns from Empire State College as of Aug. 31, 2012

Alan R. Davis

(SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – April 2, 2012) Alan R. Davis today announced he has resigned as president of SUNY Empire State College effective Aug. 31, 2012 and that he has accepted the position of president and vice chancellor of Kwantlen Polytechnic University, British Columbia. Davis will begin at Kwantlen on Sept. 1, 2012.

“It is with very mixed feelings that I leave Empire State College at this time,” said Davis. “I have benefitted from the support and encouragement of so many people at the college, at SUNY, my colleagues at other campuses, and from our wonderful supporters on the College Council, our Foundation Board and our Alumni Federation Board of Governors."

“The exciting opportunity in BC came unexpectedly, but is one I am very well suited for, and it will take Denise and me back to our roots in western Canada,” said Davis

"Alan Davis’s leadership at SUNY Empire State College has brought the campus to new heights over the past three and a half years,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “The global collaboration on open education he has helped foster with peer institutions places SUNY at the forefront of this important facet of higher education. As co-chair of the Innovation Instruction Transformation Team he also has made great strides towards advancing the university’s strategic plan, "The Power of SUNY.” Alan has been a strong, effective leader for Empire State and his work will be a great legacy for the college. I appreciate his dedicated service and I wish him the very best as he begins this exciting new chapter.”

A copy of the Kwantlen news release is available here.

About Alan Davis

Alan R. Davis became president of Empire State College on Aug. 1, 2008.

Davis has devoted his career to higher education with a focus on alternative and progressive teaching, learning and scholarship.

As an academic leader, his work has included the development of new and unique undergraduate and graduate programs and the expansion of open learning, in all its aspects.

Davis studied and worked at traditional and open institutions in the United Kingdom and Canada, and held leadership positions at the British Columbia Open University, Athabasca University, Niagara College and Vancouver Community College.

He holds a B.Sc. (Honors) from the University of London and an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in chemistry from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia.

Davis, a married father of four, is also a published playwright and for many years participated in community theater.

About SUNY Empire State College

SUNY Empire State College was established in 1971 to offer adult learners the opportunity to earn associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the State University of New York.

In addition to awarding credit for prior college-level learning, the college pairs each student with a faculty mentor who supports that student throughout his or her college career.  Students engage in guided independent study and coursework onsite, online or a combination of both, which provides the flexibility for students to learn at the time, place and pace of their choice.

The college serves more than 20,000 students worldwide at more than 35 locations in New York state and online. Its 63,000 alumni are active in their communities as entrepreneurs, politicians, business professionals, artists, nonprofit agency employees, teachers, veterans and active military, union members and more.

For additional information, visit www.esc.edu.

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