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Interim Saint Rose president to serve through June 2023

Marcia White, center, and her friends Marylou Whitney and Jane Wait chat during a ceremony at National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs in 2018.
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Marcia White, center, and her friends Marylou Whitney and Jane Wait chat during a ceremony at National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs in 2018.

Marcia White, the former College of Saint Rose trustee who has served as interim president of the college since July 2020, will serve as college president through June 2023, Saint Rose announced Wednesday.

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White, a Saint Rose alumn, served on the college’s board of trustees for 18 years before taking charge as interim president of the college, which has struggled for years with dire budget challenges. She oversaw budget cuts and layoffs, while also leading a large fundraising campaign to celebrate the college’s 100th birthday last school year.

White last school year helped raise $5.7 million, presided over enrollment growth in the school’s graduate programs and established a long-term financial plan, which included increased tuition and growing fundraising revenue.

“I love Saint Rose, and that is why I felt called to serve the College at such an important time,” White said in a statement. “The last year has been challenging. We’ve had to adapt to a pandemic. We’ve had to make budget cuts that resulted in the loss of employees and programs. We are turning an important corner because we did the hard work. I can’t thank the College’s Trustees, students, alumni, and employees who make up such a vibrant community enough for their support of Saint Rose. I’m honored to serve the College.”

College officials said they plan to initiate a national search in summer or fall of 2022 to find White’s replacement.

White previously ran her own consulting business and also served as president and excutive director of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center as well as a top spokesperson for the state senate.

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