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.”


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.


“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.”

“Bill will be missed by students, staff and faculty alike,” SUNY Plattsburgh President John Ettling said. “In fact, his warmth and his dedication to the campus have made him something of an icon among our alumni.

“Although Bill will no longer be vice president of student affairs, I fully expect that we will still see him on campus quite a bit.”

Ettling and Laundry both expressed confidence in Hartman's ability to fill the interim role as a search is conducted for the new vice president of student affairs.


Laundry hopes the college will continue on its current trajectory.

“It seems to me that we are constantly looking for ways to improve for the benefit of the students. We’ve had a good last 10 years, and my hope is that we will continue to move forward.”

Hartman said he is both humbled and honored by the interim appointment. 

“It certainly is — for anyone — a challenge to try to follow Bill in all that he has done and will continue to do for this campus.” 


For his part, Laundry said that he will miss working with the faculty and staff and interacting with the students, “but I don’t have to miss it all.” 

He plans to stay in Plattsburgh and volunteer at the college, helping with both Student Affairs and Alumni Affairs.

He’s also looking forward to reading more books, doing a little traveling, spending more time at Silver Lake and catching events at both the college and in the community.

Active in the community, he serves as secretary of the AuSable Forks High School Alumni Association and is on the Board of Directors for the UFirst Federal Credit Union. He is also a member of the Hawkeye Conservationists, vice president of the Clinton County Historical Association, a member of the Plattsburgh Memorial Chapel Board of Directors and a marriage officer for the City of Plattsburgh. 

Institutional Advancement is forming a committee to plan a going-away tribute to Laundry. Details will be announced at a later date.