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Dr. W. Hubert Keen, Ph.D.
Dr. W. Hubert Keen
Dr. W. Hubert Keen became President of Farmingdale State College (SUNY) in January 2007. Prior to that he served for two years as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Farmingdale, and from 1999 to 2005 he was Special Assistant to the System Provost in the State University of New York central offices where he was responsible for System-wide initiatives in the areas of teacher education and University collaboration with the state’s K-12 schools.

He was liaison for the SUNY system to the New York City public schools and led the development of the SUNY Urban Teacher Education Center in the city. From 2002-2005 he served on the New York State Board of Regents’ Professional Standards and Practices Board for Education.

Prior to service at the SUNY System Administration, he served for a year and a half as Interim President at SUNY College at Old Westbury, where he led the development of several administrative reforms and college planning efforts.

From 1994 to 1998 he was Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at York College in the City University of New York.

Dr. Keen began in 1976 as an Assistant Professor of Biological Science at SUNY Cortland and served during the next twelve years as Associate Professor, Professor, Coordinator of the Environmental Science Program and, from 1983 to 1988, as Chair of the Department of Biological Science. He served for six years, until 1994, as Dean of Arts and Sciences at SUNY Cortland.

His teaching and research areas are in ecology, environmental science, aquatic biology and biostatistics. His research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the SUNY Research Foundation, the University of Virginia’s Biological Station Research Program and other agencies, and has yielded over twenty refereed research papers. He is the author of several short biographies of prominent figures in science, technology and education as well as articles on various topics in higher education.

Dr. Keen was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship, a US Public Health Service Fellowship, and a Fellowship from the German Academic Exchange Service. He serves on the boards of the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center, Project Grad Long Island, and the LI Index Advisory Board, and he currently serves as president of LIRACHE, having previously chaired the Long Island Presidents-Superintendents Group. In 2014, he received the Educational Achievement Award from SUNYCUAD (SUNY Council for University Advancement) at the annual conference.

Previously he served as Chair of the Presidents’ Council of the NCAA Division III Skyline Athletic Conference, on the Board of Action Long Island, and as a member of the German Academic Exchange Service Alumni Association. He holds memberships in the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Scientific Research Society of Sigma Xi, The Nature Conservancy, the American Council on Education and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. He earned the BA with a major in Biology and a minor in German from Pikeville College, the MS in physiology and ecology from Eastern Kentucky University and the PhD from Kent State University in ecology.