The search for a permanent president for the State University of New York Empire State College has lead to five semi-finalists who will visit the college beginning next week.
Dr. Meg Benke has been acting president of Empire State College since May 10, 2012, when former president Alan R. Davis announced he would resign effective Aug. 31, 2012 to take a position as president and vice chancellor of Kwantlen Polytechnic University in British Columbia. The SUNY Board of Trustees appointed Benke upon the recommendation of college Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. Benke is now one of the candidates for permanent president.
As the chief executive officer, Empire State College’s president is responsible for the overall operation of the school, which comprises 35 locations throughout the state and eight international locations, 20,000 students, 63,000 alumni, more than 1,700 employees and an annual all-funds budget of $90 million.
Candidate Fred Hurst will visit the college Monday, Feb. 25. He holds a Ph.D. in arts and sciences from Union Institute and University, an MPA from Wichita State University, an M.S. in instructional system technology from Indiana University and a B.A. in telecommunications, also from Indiana University. Hurst has expertise in distance learning and with learning systems, and 20 years of experience with adult and nontraditional students. He is the senior vice president for extended campuses at Northern Arizona University.