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New Union College president to be announced Tuesday

New Union College president to be announced Tuesday

President Stephen Ainlay announced last August that he was stepping down
New Union College president to be announced Tuesday
Students cross Union College's campus.
Photographer: MARC SCHULTZ

SCHENECTADY — The next president of Union College is expected to be announced Tuesday afternoon, college officials said Monday.

At 1 p.m. on campus, Board of Trustees Chairman John E. Kelly III will announce who will take over for longtime President Stephen Ainlay, the school announced on its Facebook page.

In a letter sent to friends of the college, Kelly spoke glowingly about the new hire without naming the person.

"I believe we have found an outstanding new leader who will build upon the distinguished legacy of President Ainlay and take Union to even greater heights in the future," Kelly wrote.

The announcement comes after a vote by the college's trustees to appoint the new leader, Kelly wrote. 

Ainlay announced last August that he would be stepping down in June after serving 12 years as school president. Trustee Kelly Williams, a 1986 Union graduate, headed the search committee, which has now completed its work. Search firm Isaacson Miller assisted in the task.

Ainlay's last day at Union is to be June 30. 

In his time as Union president, Ainlay led a campaign that raised more than $250 million to overhaul more than a dozen major campus buildings. Ainlay announced the college's biggest building project in its history last spring: a $100 million expansion and renovation of its Science and Engineering Center. The project won't be complete until after Ainlay ends his tenure as president.  

Under Ainlay's administration, Union has seen consistent and gradual growth in its annual applicant pool, resulting this spring in the school's largest applicant pool ever and most selective freshman class. The college has also reached highs in its level of student diversity and international presence.

Union also partnered with city and county officials over the past decade on efforts to re-purpose abandoned buildings and extend Union's reach deeper into the community. 

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