The Board of Trustees of The College of Saint Rose today announced the selection of David Szczerbacki of Albany to serve as the ninth president of the College.
At its meeting today, the board voted to approve the unanimous recommendation of the presidential search committee that Szczerbacki be offered the position. Szczerbacki will assume his new role on July 1.
Szczerbacki is currently the college’s provost and vice president for academic affairs, a position he has held since August 2004. He will succeed R. Mark Sullivan, who will step down from the leadership post after serving for 16 years.
“We are extremely pleased to be able to name David Szczerbacki as our next president. He is a distinguished academic leader who will help us propel the college forward and capitalize on the momentum the college enjoys," said Dan Nolan, chair of the board of trustees.
“The College of Saint Rose is blessed with a rich history and, ahead of it, a dynamic, world-changing future," said Szczerbacki. "I am honored and excited to carry on the mission and deeply rooted values of our founders, the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet, and the visionary 16-year leadership of President Mark Sullivan."
As provost and vice president, Szczerbacki has been the college’s chief academic officer and “second in command,” responsible for the quality of all academic programs offered by the college’s School of Arts and Humanities, Lally School of Education, School of Mathematics and Sciences and Huether School of Business.
He chaired the past two five-year strategic planning processes and has initiated new faculty programs supporting research and curricular innovation, a new program review and development process, a review of the liberal arts core curriculum, and expanded programming in international studies, first-year experiences, e-learning and undergraduate research.
Szczerbacki came to Saint Rose in 2004 from Alfred University, where he served as provost and vice president of academic and statutory affairs.
Szczerbacki earned his doctoral degree in policy studies from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and he holds a master’s degree in urban systems and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Gannon University in Erie, Pa.
In addition to his academic career as an educator and administrator, his professional work has focused on the fields of urban and regional planning, economic development, leadership training, environmental management, strategic management and organization development.
He evaluates other colleges and universities as a member of the Periodic Review Report Committee of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the federally designated accrediting agency.
Locally, Szczerbacki serves on the board of Bishop Maginn High School in Albany.
Szczerbacki and his wife Susan have a daughter, Katherine.