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SUNY Canton names Hoffman acting president

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SUNY Canton announced the appointment of Joseph C. Hoffman as acting president effective June 1.

The State University of New York Board of Trustees will appoint Mr. Hoffman, a distinguished professor at SUNY Maritime College in the Bronx, on Tuesday, according to a news release from the school.

“Dr. Hoffman comes to SUNY Canton with an extensive history as a powerful and productive campus leader at SUNY Maritime College since 1997,” SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher said in the release. “The students, faculty, and staff at SUNY Canton are certain to benefit from Dr. Hoffman’s experience and leadership as acting president.”

For the last 36 years, Mr. Hoffman has worked at Maritime as a mathematics and computer science professor and was named a distinguished teaching professor in 2001. He also served as the college’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs from 2006 to 2012.

Replacing Carli C. Schiffner, who has served as interim president since September, Mr. Hoffman said in the release that he was honored to be chosen to fill the role.

“The College has a strong reputation in many areas, and I look forward to leading the campus,” Mr. Hoffman said.

Ms. Schiffner will step down as interim president May 31 to become vice president of instruction at Wenatchee Valley College in Washington.

SUNY Canton College Council Chairman Ronald M. O’Neill said he was “quite pleased” by the appointment and hopes this will calm things on campus after nearly two years without an acting president.

“Now maybe this will give the campus the opportunity to settle down a little bit before the academic year ends and give the faculty and staff some kind of a feeling at least that there is going to be someone at the helm come fall,” Mr. O’Neill said.

Mr. Hoffman earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and computer science from SUNY Maritime College in 1975, a master’s degree in mathematics from Adelphi University in 1977 and received his doctorate in education from LaSalle University in 1998.

In his time at SUNY Maritime, Mr. Hoffman has chaired two Middle States Commission on Higher Education steering committees, leading to successful reaccreditation efforts, led the campus’s strategic planning efforts in 2011 and participated in previous strategic planning efforts.

Mr. Hoffman is a delegate on the U.N.’s International Maritime Organization, representing the International Association of Maritime Universities. He has co-authored two books and co-founded the Maritime Academic Council which consists of deans from all six State Maritime Academies.

Mr. Hoffman also worked from 1980 to 2006 at Adelphi University, University College for Adults, serving as an adjunct instructor and chairman for the Mathematics and Computer Information Systems Department.

The SUNY Board of Trustees awarded him the distinguished teaching professor title in 2001.

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