December 10, 2010
(SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Dec. 10, 2010) – Concluding a national search, the State University of New York Empire State College has selected Dr. Michael Spitzer as dean of its Long Island Center. Spitzer will take up his new duties on Jan. 10, 2011.
According to Interim Provost Hugh Hammett, who served as chairman of the search committee, “Michael Spitzer has a depth and breadth of academic and administrative experience that is remarkable. The college is very fortunate that our dean’s position opened at the very time Dr. Spitzer was relocating to Long Island. We have high hopes and expectations that his leadership and balanced administrative style will enable the Long Island Center to contribute in an even greater way to the advancement of Empire State College’s mission.”
“I am very grateful to the Empire State College search committee for placing their confidence in me,” said Spitzer. “I am eager to begin work with the students, faculty and staff of the college’s Long Island Center and to help them to realize their goals and ambitions.”
Spitzer, who resides in Hicksville, N.Y., is formerly the provost and vice president for academic affairs at three institutions: St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut, and Worcester State College in Massachusetts.
Spitzer brings experience in the SUNY system, having served as dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at the Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome (SUNYIT). In addition. Spitzer served as dean of the School of Humanities at the New York Institute of Technology, where he also previously served as chair of the English Department.
He is a specialist in 19th century American literature, having earned his doctorate in American Civilization at New York University. He is a prolific writer and presenter at scholarly conferences and brings a strong track record of securing grants both for individual scholarship and institutional projects.
Spitzer succeeds Interim Dean Kenneth Feldman. Hammett also expressed the sincere appreciation from the college to Feldman for his commitment and service. Feldman will return to his position as the center’s associate dean.
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. Students learn through independent studies, online courses, seminars and residencies.
They also may earn credit for prior college-level learning from work and life experience. The college serves more than 20,000 students worldwide with 34 locations in New York state and online in all 50 states in the U.S. and in 50 countries worldwide. For more information, visit www.esc.edu.
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