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SUNY Oswego president to retire at year’s end

Jason Smith
WRVO News (file photo)
SUNY Oswego president Deborah Stanley, left, and SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras speak to the media at SUNY Oswego in 2020

SUNY Oswego President Deborah Stanley announced Monday that she plans to retire at the end of this year.

“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 for 44 years -- 26 as president,” said Stanley in a letter to the campus community Monday. “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.”

Prior to serving as president, Stanley was a tenured professor in the college's school of business, she served as the college’s vice president for academic affairs and provost, and also served as executive assistant to the president. Stanley served as the college’s interim president from 1995-1997, and was appointed the college’s 10th president in 1997.

Stanley has overseen a number of initiatives during her time as president, including the college’s creation of its School of Communication, Media and the Arts, as well as the establishment of a branch campus in downtown Syracuse.

"Deborah not only has led SUNY Oswego with the absolute highest level of integrity and dedication to the college, she has been essential in providing advice and insight to me and many others within the SUNY family," said SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras in a statement. "President Stanley has seen much, and with her students always in the forefront of every decision to be made, she has created an excellent educational environment for them to safely learn and grow. She is a leader that produces results, and her story for SUNY Oswego has been one of growth in programs for our students, increases in faculty, and financial stability. For that we owe her a debt of gratitude."

Stanley’s retirement is effective December 31.

Jason has served as WRVO's news director in some capacity since August 2017. As news director, Jason produces hourly newscasts, and helps direct local news coverage and special programming. Before that, Jason hosted Morning Edition on WRVO from 2009-2019. Jason came to WRVO in January of 2008 as a producer/reporter. Before that, he spent two years as an anchor/reporter at WSYR Radio in Syracuse.