Office of the President

Phone: (315) 684-6044
Fax: (315) 684-6109
Whipple Administration Building, 5th Floor

September Message

8/31/2012

Dear Morrisville State College Community,

I would like to start this message by thanking NYS University Police at Morrisville for their rapid response to Friday’s early-morning report that police were seeking a possibly armed individual near Morrisville State College. An immediate search of the campus was conducted, and the campus went into lockdown in a timely manner to ensure the safety of our community; the suspect was arrested on the Cazenovia College campus a few hours later. Coming at the start of the academic year, this incident served as a reminder that the security of those living and working on our campus is always our first priority. 

If I haven’t already seen you on campus, let me take this opportunity to welcome our new students and faculty, and welcome back those of you returning from a well-deserved summer break. Please join me in thanking everyone who welcomed new students and parents during our orientation programs. It was great to see the reactions of all those folks who are new to Morrisville State College as we put our best foot forward.  Let's continue that kind of positive engagement throughout the year.

As I mentioned at the August all-campus meeting, Morrisville State College will continue to grow and develop, even in the face of significant fiscal challenges. The launch of new programs such as applied psychology, an exciting Mustang Weekend celebration at the end of the month, and new facilities like the fitness center, contribute to fulfilling our mission of community. 

As colleges seek to leverage information technology to achieve significant progress in their missions, the role of technology has become increasingly strategic as documented in an edited collection of essays and case studies of how higher education is responding to the dramatic growth of information technology, by Diana Oblinger, President and CEO of EDUCAUSE. Oblinger offered an important summary; “As important as IT might be, technology does not have impact in isolation… To realize changes through information technology, higher education must focus on more than technology.”  P.37  Game Changers, 2012 Educause.

Such strategic decisions need to be made in a manner that is wholly integrated and consistent with larger academic plans and systems. In recognition of the need to create such planned integration and outcomes, I am asking that the Provosts at Morrisville and SUNYIT take a more pronounced role in this area.  While many campuses have adopted the organizational strategy of creating a separate Chief Information Officer (CIO), I believe that such a model for smaller campuses can result in inefficient structures at unnecessary expense.  In that regard, I am confident that Morrisville and SUNYIT will be better served by an operational configuration that explicitly integrates IT within the organizational structure of the Provost and Chief Operating Officer’s (COO) on each campus.

Effective this coming week, our IT department will be under the supervision of Dave Rogers, Provost and COO. As part of Chancellor Nancy Zimpher's plan to encourage a shift from administrative to academic resources, this change in reporting structure will better support academic computing and related activities.

To realize greater administrative efficiencies and enhance service to our students, Financial Aid will report to the Assistant Vice President for Business Affairs and Deborah J. Tyksinski, Associate Provost for Sponsored Research and Continuing Education at SUNYIT, will serve as the Research Foundation for SUNY Operations Manager (OM) for Morrisville, a role she has fulfilled at SUNYIT for the past year. The OM is responsible for all Research Foundation operations on campus, including sponsored program administration services to faculty, students, and staff; creating an environment to support and increase sponsored program funding; and creating an environment to increase technology transfer and commercialization.

As always, if you have questions or concerns please write to me: president@morrisville.edu. Enjoy the holiday weekend—and good luck this semester in all that you do!

-Dr. Wolf Yeigh

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