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April 5, 2013

SUNY Plattsburgh chooses new dean


Michael Morgan, dean of education, health and human services and chair of the search committee that brought Buckser to campus, described Buckser as “an internationally recognized scholar who understands leadership. He highly values a collaborative community, one of the many characteristics that make him a good fit for SUNY Plattsburgh.”


Buckser said he is looking forward to coming to Plattsburgh, especially after meeting with the faculty and staff at the college.

“I had spent time in the North Country before, so I knew how beautiful it was, and, of course, I was familiar with SUNY Plattsburgh’s reputation as a place for teaching and scholarship,” he said in a statement.

“What I hadn’t known before I visited, though, was what a wonderful community it is. I was really struck by the sense of warmth, of friendliness and of common commitment to the mission of public higher education at the college.

“People cared about each other, and they valued the work they were doing. That’s not something you find everywhere, and it’s something that made this position appealing to me.

“One of the things that really impressed me about the college is the way that faculty have created research opportunities for undergraduates,” he said. “That’s been a big element of my work at Purdue, and it’s one of my favorite parts of the job — nothing awakens students to the excitement of scholarship like taking part in real research.

“I’m hoping that I’ll be able to find new ways to support faculty in doing that at Plattsburgh, to expand on what’s already one of the school’s real strengths.”


College President John Ettling said they were pleased to have someone of Buskser’s caliber at SUNY Plattsburgh.

“With his record as a teacher, a scholar and an administrator, he will lead the faculty in arts and science by example.

“We are also thankful to Dean Kathy Lavoie for her continued service to the campus and are grateful that she has decided to stay on as part of our biology faculty. Our students will benefit from her knowledge and expertise in the classroom and out in the field.”

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