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MAN of THE HOUR Can Hero Of Purchase Save SUNY Oneonta?
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: DENNIS CRAIG

MAN of THE HOUR

Can Hero Of Purchase

Save SUNY Oneonta?

Dennis Craig, SUNY Oneonta’s new interim president, had an instinct for readiness, forming a disaster preparedness committee on arriving at SUNY Purchase as a vice president in 2006. He discusses lessons learned and how to apply them to the Oneonta campus in an exclusive interview. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE & JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

SUNY Oneonta’s interim President Dennis Craig with “my ambassador” – Beckett.

ONEONTA – For SUNY Oneonta’s interim President Dennis Craig, 55, it’s all about how you react to a crisis.

“In tough incidents, sometimes you’re more defined by your response than by the incident itself,” he said, whether cheating, an instance of bias, a suicide, even a murder.

When that happens, “I’m all about transparency and giving people more information, and letting them decide what they need to know,” he said in his first local interview since arriving on campus Thursday, Oct. 15.

SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras picked Craig to succeed Barbara Jean Morris, who resigned after COVID-19 raged out of control at the local campus, infecting more than 700 students, more than on any campus in the nation.

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