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January 11, 2010

Dr. W. Hubert Keen among Noted Administrators to Advance SUNY

Farmingdale State College has three delegates taking part in SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher's ambitious SUNY-wide strategic plan that will guide SUNY for the next five years and advise its development for the next ten years.

The Farmingdale State delegates include College President Dr. W. Hubert Keen, College Council Member Dr. Pearl Kamer, and College Foundation President Richard Overton. As part of Dr. Zimpher's 200-member task force, they are charged with the goal of helping to advance SUNY and its mission and vision, while also increasing its ability to stimulate New York's economic recovery.

"Chancellor Zimpher is developing in a thoughtful way a comprehensive vision for SUNY. The representation Farmingdale has been given speaks to the quality and progress of our campus," noted Dr. Keen.

Dr. Zimpher's strategic plan is currently in Phase II, comprising seven statewide conversations at regional locations selected to maximize outreach and participation. Representatives feature a cross section of key SUNY stakeholders and include faculty, system administrators, staff, students, alumni, foundation staff, community leaders and others linked to our campuses. Each day-long conversation has a structured dialogue, in which participants consider, evaluate, and prioritize the challenges and opportunities facing SUNY. Phase I, completed in September, featured a 64-campus tour. During Dr. Zimpher visit to Farmingdale State in August, she met with students and discussed the College's progress with administrators and faculty.

Phase III, the launch of the strategic plan, is slated for February through June 2010. Phase IV, the plan's implementation and assessment, will then be put into practice through 2020.

Stated Dr. Zimpher: "SUNY is uniquely positioned to play a key role as an economic development driver, and a SUNY-wide strategic plan will enable us to meet that challenge."