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SUNY Oswego President Deborah Stanley to retire at end of year

By Eric Reinhardt (



Deborah Stanley, who has served as president of SUNY Oswego for more than a quarter century, on Monday announced her plan to retire Dec. 31. (Photo credit: SUNY Oswego)

OSWEGO, N.Y. — Deborah Stanley — who has served as president of SUNY Oswego for more than 25 years — has announced her intention to retire at the end of 2021.

Stanley, the school’s 10th president, will retire Dec. 31 from SUNY Oswego after 44 years of service to the campus community, the university said in a Monday news release.

Prior to her appointment as president in 1997, Stanley taught and earned tenure in the School of Business and served in the school’s administration as the VP for academic affairs and provost.

Stanley had served as interim president between 1995 and 1997.

In a letter to the campus community, Stanley wrote, “I have been incredibly fortunate in so many ways in my life, and certainly in the people, places and circumstances of my professional work for SUNY Oswego … It is beyond a blessing to have been allowed to contribute leadership to, and collaborate broadly on, the inspirations and initiatives that have lifted our work and produced amazing outcomes for our college, our students and our communities.”

In her time as president, Stanley initiated national accreditation for the School of Education, national and international accreditation for the School of Business, and global accreditation by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET for Oswego’s electrical and computer engineering and software engineering programs.

She led the creation of the School of Communication, Media, and the Arts, and established the college’s Syracuse campus, located in the Clinton Square area of downtown Syracuse.

Under her leadership, the school established new programs such as electrical and computer engineering; human-computer interaction; human development; biomedical and health informatics; cinema and screen studies; and the online MBA programs, including the design of an MBA model in partnership with SRC, Inc. of Cicero.

 Additionally, Stanley has overseen “substantial” growth of full-time faculty at SUNY Oswego over the past decade.

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