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SUNY College at Geneseo president Christopher Dahl will retire at the end of the next academic year after 18 years with the institution, college officials announced.
Dahl is planning a nine-month sabbatical beginning Oct. 1, and will retire June 30, 2014.
He has recommended Provost Carol Long be appointed interim president then. Long came to SUNY Geneseo in 2009 from Willamette University in Oregon, where she was dean.
“With her deep understanding of 21st century liberal education, not only will Carol do a splendid job in carrying out our academic mission, she also will be able to advance the college in a number of areas during the interim period,” Dahl said.
Dahl will continue to support college administrators during his sabbatical to ensure a smooth transition during the search for a new president, he said.
“This is an appropriate time for transition to new leadership,” Dahl said at an all-college meeting Thursday. “Serving you as president is the greatest privilege of my professional and personal life. Almost every day since my arrival in 1994, I have been inspired by our students, our faculty and staff, and our friends in the wider community.”
Dahl became president at SUNY Geneseo in 1996 after serving eight months as interim president. He also served one year as provost prior to that. Dahl will retire as the longest-serving president in the SUNY system.
“President Dahl has made an extraordinary mark on Geneseo, and SUNY has greatly benefited from his many years of loyal service,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher said.
Dahl led SUNY Geneseo to consistent rank among the best public colleges in the nation, including rankings on lists from U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine, The Princeton Review and Washington Monthly magazine.
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