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Farmingdale State College, a campus of the State University of New York (SUNY), announces a national search to succeed President Hubert Keen who will be stepping down in June 2016 after 9 years of exemplary leadership.  

Established in 1912 as an institute for agricultural study, Farmingdale has developed into a comprehensive college of applied science and technology. Today, Farmingdale is the largest college of technology within the State University of New York system with over 8,700 students. The College has a national reputation for high-quality and technology-based education and a congenial and collaborative campus environment. The College has been recognized by several external validators, including U.S. News and World Report, which named Farmingdale one of the “Best Colleges in the North” for the last four years. Located on 380 acres in central Long Island, the College is 45 minutes by car from mid-town Manhattan and is the only public college on Long Island to offer comprehensive programs in the applied sciences and technology. The College offers primarily bachelor and some associate degrees and has pending a proposal for its first graduate degree, a Master of Science in Technology Management. Students are served by 251 full-time and over 400 adjunct faculty in the Schools of Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering Technology and Health Sciences. The College also offers a wide range of minors,  certificate and non-credit programs, workshops, seminars, and outreach to the P-12 schools.    

The College is a member of SUNY’s network of 64 institutions, nearly a half-million students, 88,000 faculty and staff and more than 7,500 degree programs. The successful candidate will join a dynamic team of presidents that is fully engaged in dialogue and planning at a national level, at a time when SUNY’s commitment to student success, academic excellence, leadership, research and economic and community engagement has never been stronger. SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher increasingly looks to the campus presidents to work collaboratively with other SUNY colleges, administrators, faculty and staff, and surrounding communities to maximize economic revitalization in New York, demonstrate academic excellence and accountability, and elevate the importance of degree completion at each institution.  

The College seeks a president with the utmost personal and professional qualifications. It is strongly preferred that the successful candidate possesses an advanced degree, and have significant and progressive professional leadership experience in higher education. It is essential that the successful candidate demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to Farmingdale’s mission as the largest comprehensive college of technology within the SUNY system. For additional information about the College as well as other desired leadership characteristics and the leadership agenda, please view the full search profile under Current Searches at www.academic-search.com.

The new president will be expected to assume office in July 2016. The College is being assisted by Academic Search, Inc. Applications should consist of a substantive cover letter addressing the qualifications and desired attributes as described in the search profile noted above,  a curriculum vitae or resume, and at least five professional references with full contact information and a note indicating the nature of the  relationship with each. References will not be contacted without the candidate’s explicit permission.

Applications, nominations, and expressions of interest can be submitted in confidence to FSCPres@academic-search.com. The position will remain open until filled, but only applications received by December 29, 2015 can be assured full consideration. Confidential conversations with senior consultants Jessica Kozloff (jsk@academic-search.com) or Tom Fitch (rtf@academic-search.com) may be arranged by contacting associate consultant Michelle Sarver at (mrs@academic-search.com) or 202-263-7478. 

Farmingdale State College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse community of faculty, staff, and students. The College actively seeks applications from women and members of underrepresented groups.