Empire State College president departing

Empire State College President Alan R. Davis is leaving his position effective Aug. 31 to become pre

Empire State College President Alan R. Davis is leaving his position effective Aug. 31 to become president and vice chancellor of Kwantlen Polytechnic University in British Columbia.

Davis has been Empire State College’s president since August 2008. The college serves more than 20,000 students, allowing them to earn degrees through a combination of independent site, on-site courses and online class work.

“It is with very mixed feelings that I leave Empire State College at this time,” Davis said in a statement. “I have benefitted from the support and encouragement of so many people at the college, at SUNY, my colleagues at other campuses, and from our wonderful supporters on the College Council, our Foundation Board and our Alumni Federation Board of Governors.”

Davis, who is originally from Reading, England, studied and worked at traditional and open institutions in the United Kingdom and Canada and held leadership positions at the British Columbia Open University, Athabasca University, Niagara College and Vancouver Community College. He holds a bachelor’s of science from the University of London and a master’s of science and Ph.D. in chemistry from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, according to a press release.

SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher said Davis has been a strong, effective leader and raised the institution’s profile during his tenure.

“The global collaboration on open education he has helped foster with peer institutions places SUNY at the forefront of this important facet of higher education. As co-chair of the Innovation Instruction Transformation Team he also has made great strides towards advancing the university’s strategic plan, “The Power of SUNY,” Zimpher said in a statement.

SUNY administration spokesman David Henahan said the next step is for Zimpher and College Council Chairman James Lytle to discuss the search process.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University serves more than 17,500 students annually in more than 200 programs including business, liberal arts and science, design, health, trades and technology, apprenticeships, horticulture, and academic and career advancement, according to a press release.

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