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Office of the President

Interim President David C. Amberg

interim president dr. David c. Amberg

Welcome to ESF

There is no better time than now for ESF to step up and meet the unprecedented challenges faced by our planet and its inhabitants — challenges posed by environmental degradation and environmental change. There is, similarly, an unprecedented opportunity for ESF faculty, students and alumni to sound the charge for our institutions to take these threats seriously and lead the way in developing sustainable solutions to Earth's environmental challenges. In fact, ESF scientists have been doing this for decades.

ESF is truly a gem in New York state and within the SUNY system. ESF was recently ranked one of the top 10 small colleges in New York state and has been ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the best educational values in the country. The prescience of its mission and the culture that embraces that mission is only part of what makes ESF special. Its size and the diversity of its research portfolio provide an array of opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students to participate in ground-breaking research that is directly applicable to the health of our ecosystems. ESF has real-world laboratories in its expansive network of biological and field stations throughout the Adirondacks, Thousand Islands and Central New York, thus allowing our faculty to engage our students in developing real-world solutions.

As I have come to know ESF, I have learned much about the quality, sincerity and dedication of the faculty, staff and alumni. I am impressed with the devotion shown by the members of the College community to the mission and success of ESF. You don't have to look far to find alumni throughout Central New York and the world who are making a difference and who attribute their success to the great education and life experiences they had at ESF.

If you don't know ESF well, I encourage you to visit the College or explore our campus virtually. Ask yourself: Do I want to become part of something great? Do I want to join the ESF family? We would love to have you.

Dr. David C. Amberg, Interim President

ESF Discovery Challenge Pathways to a Sustainable Innovation Strategy

"SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson has asked me to help guide the campus through a process modeled after the 'Framework for the Future' that she designed and implemented while she was the provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Johns Hopkins University. ... My staff and I have worked over the last two months to design a process that models the chancellor's Framework process but makes it specific to ESF's needs. We call this the ESF Discovery Challenge — a challenge to chart the College's future by engaging and empowering the broader ESF community in a solution-focused approach."

Read more:

ESF Discovery Challenge (PDF)