PLATTSBURGH — Bryan Hartman is SUNY Plattsburgh’s new vice president for student affairs.
The 1988 SUNY Plattsburgh alumnus had already served in that position as an interim following the retirement of longtime Vice President for Student Affairs William Laundry in January.
College President John Ettling said Student Affairs “is in good shape, and I believe it will become even better under Bryan’s leadership.”
In a news release, Hartman, who just turned 48, said he is humbled by the appointment and that it would not have been possible without the support of SUNY Plattsburgh faculty and staff, including Laundry; Cheryl Hogle, who retired as associate dean of students but worked with Hartman when he served as a resident assistant as an undergraduate; the late Dr. Eldridge Roark, former vice president for student affairs; Ed Engelbride, associate provost for student affairs and enrollment at SUNY; retired psychology professor Lary Shaffer and Distinguished Service Professor and director of the Institute for Ethics in Public Life E. Thomas Moran.
Hartman began his career in student affairs in 1993, working closely with Laundry and Hogle as a staff assistant in Campus Life. In 2005, he became director of residence life and was named associate vice president for student affairs in 2011.
“On the day I accepted (the new position), someone asked me what I looked most forward to in this position,” Hartman said. “It is actually quite simple: working with and on behalf of our students.
“The goal is to work with the outstanding professionals in Student Affairs, my colleagues throughout the college, our partners in the Student Association and alumni to provide opportunities so that all our students can create their own unique SUNY Plattsburgh experience that successfully launches them forward.”
Laundry said he plans to stay in Plattsburgh and volunteer at the college, helping with both Student Affairs and Alumni Affairs. He said he is looking forward to reading more, traveling and spending more time at Silver Lake.
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.”