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September 27, 2012

PSU student-affairs VP to retire

PLATTSBURGH — After more than four decades at the college, SUNY Plattsburgh Vice President of Student Affairs William D. “Bill” Laundry will retire as of Jan. 1, 2013.

Bryan Hartman, associate vice president for student affairs and director of residence life, will fill his shoes on an interim basis. 

Laundry said the conventional wisdom — that you will know when the time for retirement comes — applies to him.

“To me, it seems that the time is very right for me to retire,” he said in a press release from the college. “We just received a wonderful Middle States (accreditation) review. We are not in the middle of a budget crisis. We have excellent leadership. The Student Affairs division is strong in terms of leadership. It’s the perfect time to go.”

WORE MANY HATS

Laundry came to the college as housing director in 1969. Since then, he has served as director of residence life, director of campus life, dean of students, associate vice president for student affairs and, most recently, vice president for student affairs.

In 2005, he was the seventh person in the college’s history to be honored as an honorary alumnus, and, in October 2006, the Student Association suite in the Angell College Center was named for him. 

He is involved in many college-wide committees, serves as adviser to the Student Association Finance Board and is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society for students, faculty, staff and administrators. 

He has also served on the Plattsburgh Campus-Community Partnership since its inception.

'WILL BE MISSED'

“I think the initial news is somewhat of a shock to many people because it is difficult to imagine this place without Bill in that role (student-affairs vice president),” Hartman said. “The leadership and stability he has provided us in that division has truly been a blessing.”

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