The president of SUNY College at Brockport today announced that he will retire next summer.
“My years at SUNY Brockport have been full and fulfilling, and have passed by at a gallop,” said John Van de Wetering during his opening convocation to faculty and staff this morning.
“I’m extremely proud of our institution and the growth it has seen in recent years, especially with the development of new academic programs that are meeting the demands of the changing marketplace,” he said. “And, I can honestly say that our faculty and staff are second to none.”
Van de Wetering, 69, told staff he will retire July 1, 1997. A search committee will be formed this fall to seek his successor.
During his retirement, Van de Wetering said, he will continue to work on the Brockport College Foundation’s first capital campaign. In addition to doing some writing and visiting his grandchild (due at Christmas), he said he also will devote more time to non-profit activities.
Van de Wetering serves on the boards of WXXI Public Broadcasting Council, the George Eastman House, the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce Inc., the New York State Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Corp. and Park Ridge Health System Inc.’s long-term care programs.
He also plans to become more involved with the Penn Yan community, where he will reside after retiring. Van de Wetering built a home on Cayuga Lake in 1991. He currently lives on Brockport’s main campus.
During his 15 years at Brockport, Van de Wetering stabilized enrollment and introduced enrollment-management techniques. The administrative structure was refined under his guidance, and the physical plant upgraded.
Most importantly, he points to his increased emphasis on the needs of a diverse student population, including ethnic programs, and programs for adult and part-time students. In 1991, the college opened the downtown MetroCenter, and last week it announced a joint agreement with Monroe Community College to improve both the learning center itself and, in the future, the programs offered.
Van de Wetering grew up in Bellingham, Wash., and attended the University of Washington, where he received bachelor of arts, master of arts and doctorate degrees in history. He taught for a year at the University of Idaho, and then two years at his alma mater.
He then joined the history faculty at the University of Montana at Missoula, which he chaired from 1968 to 1975.
Van de Wetering served as acting president of Eastern Montana College in Billings for a year and was president from 1977 to 1981, when he applied for the SUNY Brockport job.
SUNY Brockport president to retire