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SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras

New SUNY Oneonta President: We Need To Speak ‘Frankly’

BARBARA JEAN MORRIS OUT

New SUNY Oneonta

President: We Need

To Speak ‘Frankly’

Dennis Craig Aims To Apply

Lessons Learned At Purchase

SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras convenes this morning press conference in the Morris Conference Center, where he introduced SUNY Purchase acting President Dennis Craig, to his left, as SUNY Oneonta’s interim president, succeeding Barbara Jean Morris.   At left are Oneonta Town Supevisor Bob Wood and City Mayor Gary Herzig; at right, Patrick Brown, chairman of the Oneonta College Council, who will lead the search for Barbara Jean Morris’ successor.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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

SUNY Oneonta’s interim President Craig says he plans to look forward, not back.

ONEONTA – With the resignation of Dr. Barbara Jean Morris, new SUNY Oneonta interim president Dennis Craig is ready to hear both the good and the bad about how the campus can recover from the COVID-19 outbreak that infected more than 700 students less than week after classes resumed.

“I want to foster an atmosphere where everyone can speak frankly,” he said. “I want to get a back-and-forth dialogue going about what went wrong. People on this campus did a tremendous amount of work, and I appreciate that.”

Craig’s appointment was announced at a 12:30 p.m. press conference called by SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras.  “SUNY Oneonta is at a critical juncture and Acting President Craig will bring steady, focused, and collaborative leadership to the campus,” said Malatras.

MORRIS OUSTED; NEW PRESIDENT AT SUNY ONEONTA

BULLETIN

MORRIS LEAVES;

NEW PRESIDENT

AT SUNY ONEONTA

Dennis Craig Presided At Purchase

After State’s First Major Outbreak

SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras, left, introduces new interim SUNY Oneonta president Dennis Craig, who successfully carried SUNY Purchase through the early days of the COVID-19 outbreak.  Barbara Jean Morris has transitioned out of the college presidency to pursue other opportunities, said Malatras. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Two SUNY Students Suspended After Party Photos Surface

‘Enough!’ Says Chancellor Malatras

2 SUNY Students

Suspended After

Party Photos Surface

ONEONTA – SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras had one word for SUNY Oneonta students after photos circulated of an off-campus party allegedly held this weekend with no social distancing in place.

“Enough!”

The Chancellor’s press release was issued after SUNY announced that two of the students in the photo were identified and suspended by the Office of Community Standards.

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