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CNY Residents Join Search for Next ESF President


SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Fifteen New York residents-including several Central New Yorkers-have been named to the search committee that will help select the next president of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF).

The committee will be chaired by ESF Board of Trustees Chair Curtis Bauer of Jamestown, a consultant with Forecon Inc.

The committee's mission is to conduct a national search to locate a successor to Ross S. Whaley, who intends to step aside as president July 1.

In addition to Bauer, the committee includes three other members of the ESF Board of Trustees. They are Thomas Burkly of Cazenovia, president and chief executive officer of Stearns and Wheler Environmental Engineers and Scientists; Daniel T. Fitts of Lake Placid, executive director of the Adirondack Park Agency; and Robert E. Moses of Marietta, a partner in the Syracuse law firm of Bond, Schoeneck & King.

The faculty representatives are Douglas C. Allen of Marcellus, a professor in the Faculty of Environmental and Forest Biology; Elizabeth A. Elkins of Syracuse, director of college libraries; James M. Hassett of Syracuse, a professor in the Faculty of Environmental Resources and Forest Engineering; Richard S. Hawks of Syracuse, chair of the Faculty of Landscape Architecture; Robert T. LaLonde of Syracuse, a professor in the Faculty of Chemistry; and William F. Porter of Skaneateles, a professor in the Faculty of Environmental and Forest Biology.

Also on the search committee are Susan H. Sanford of Cazenovia, director of admissions and inter-institutional relations; John P. Hassett of Jamesville, chair of the Faculty of Chemistry; doctoral candidate Karl Didier of Morgantown, W.Va., a student in the Faculty of Environmental and Forest Biology; Nancy A. Mayer of Jamesville, president of the ESF Alumni Association; and R. Leland Davis of Manlius, president of the ESF College Foundation.

Marianna O'Dwyer of Manhattan, assistant SUNY vice chancellor, will represent the chancellor as a non-voting member of the committee.

Whaley in October announced his intention to return to teaching. SUNY Chancellor John W. Ryan has said he will recommend to the SUNY Board of Trustees that Whaley be named a "university professor," which would allow Whaley to continue serving SUNY in a different capacity.