About the President
John S. Nader, PhD became President of Farmingdale State College in July 2016.
He has since collaborated with civic, business and institutional leaders to enhance the profile of Farmingdale State College as a vibrant and growing campus community, vital to the future of Long Island and beyond.
Since President Nader’s arrival, the College has focused on the development of new academic programs, building partnerships with private industries and community colleges, advancing applied learning opportunities, expanding support for student scholarships, improving student services, and enhancing buildings and grounds. Under his guidance, the College adopted, and is executing, a new strategic plan.
In addition to several capital improvement projects currently underway, in 2022 he helped secure $75 million in state funding for a new Computer Science Building to address the technology needs of FSC and the region. In 2023 the College fully renovated Health and Wellness Center to better serve students and the campus community.
John S. Nader, PhD
President Nader has initiated numerous aesthetic improvements to the Farmingdale campus. Flags representing the home countries of FSC’s increasingly international student population now fly at Ralph Bunche Plaza. Following complete renovation, the College in 2021, re-named prominent for civil rights pioneer and community activist Delores Quintyne. The building now serves as the center of student activities. Numerous upgrades to classrooms, conference spaces, residence halls, and athletic facilities also have been completed.
With nearly 10,000 students, FSC is the largest technology college in the SUNY system and has experienced strong and steady enrollment growth over the past several years. More than 100 new faculty and staff members have been hired in recent years. In recent years the College has made great strides in raising money for student scholarships and has secured three of the four largest gifts in FSC history since 2020. A student emergency fund has been created, and an Honors scholars program has been endowed.
President Nader has taken steps to deepen the College’s engagement with campus constituencies and the broader community. President Nader hosts an annual legislative breakfast for leaders across Long Island in addition to engaging civic, business, and community events each year.
He is currently a co-chair of the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council and previously serves as co-chair of its Workforce and Education Committee. He serves on the executive committees of the Long Island Regional Advisory Council on Higher Education and the Skyline Athletic Conference. He is also a member of the NCAA President’s Advisory Group.
Prior to his appointment at FSC, from 2009 to 2016 President Nader served as Provost at SUNY Delhi and was presider of the SUNY Chief Academic Officers organization. He was also a member of the board of directors of O’Conner Hospital in Delhi, New York.
As Mayor of Oneonta, New York from 2005-2009, he led the revitalization of a long-dormant downtown property and the creation of a veterans' memorial walkway. As a county legislator and community action leader he helped establish a homeless shelter. President Nader received a BA in Politics from Ithaca College and an MA and a PhD in Economics from the New School for Social Research.