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8/26/2020   - 'A Robust Plan': New SUNY chancellor tours campus

New SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras praised SUNY Plattsburgh leadership for the job they are doing with reopening during a pandemic.

During a campus tour Tuesday, Malatras congratulated President Alex Enyedi on a wonderful job his administration has accomplished in a very short time frame.

“I don't think he expected to walk into a presidency in a middle of a pandemic, but we all make strange choices in our lives,” Malatras said.

“But he has, though, really strongly, and I wanted to come here as chancellor to show colleges and universities all across the country how you can do this well.

“What President Enyedi is doing here is an example of how you can reopen safely, how you can protect your students, and how you can offer a robust educational opportunity to people who want to come back to campus.”

Tuesday's visit was the chancellor's second such tour of a SUNY campus since he was appointed to his post as the 14th chancellor of the State University of New York on Aug. 21.

On Sunday, he toured SUNY New Paltz.

Malatras has a long history with the SUNY system having served as both president of SUNY Empire and also working as a vice chancellor with Nancy Zimphir.


Enyedi, Malatras, and North Country Chamber of Commerce President Garry Douglas and an entourage started a campus tour at Hawkins Hall, where they observed face-to-face classes in session.

Then, they walked to Ausable Hall, where the college's School of Business & Economics is located.

After a walk along Hawkins Pond, the group made their way to the Angell College Center, where Malatras interacted with students.

They crossed the street to visit the Equal Opportunity Program located in Macomb Hall.

A stop at the Student Health & Counseling Center was followed by a pass through the Clinton Dining Hall and back to a news conference in Hawkins Hall.

“I had the opportunity to walk with Jim and with Garry to show them the campus, give them some examples of the incredible amount of work that's gone into our reopening and restart plan, show them some classrooms, show them how we're doing dining,” Enyedi said.

“And as you can see in this room as it looks, how we we're doing social distancing to ensure safe and healthy restart to the campus.”


Prior to joining SUNY Empire State College, where he served as the fifth president, Malatras served as president of the Rockefeller Institute of Government, where he led the Institute’s modernization effort to offer policymakers evidence-based policy analysis and recommendations on timely topics.

“I thank you President Enyedi for your leadership here at this great SUNY institution,” Malatras said.

“I want to thank Garry for joining us here as well. Garry is a pillar of the community and part of what we're doing with our reopening plans is trying to instill confidence in parents and students that we got this. We're handling this in a safe and secure way. Our students are protected, and our community is protected.”


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