John Anderson OK'd as Alfred State president

Rob Montana

Come March 1, Alfred State College will have its first permanent president in nearly two years.

John M. Anderson was appointed Tuesday by the State University of New York Board of Trustees as the next president of the college. His appointment is effective March 1, and he will earn an annual salary of $185,000.

Anderson was reached by phone as he was leaving Albany, fresh from meeting with the SUNY Board of Trustees.

“I'm feeling great,” he said of the official appointment. “I have the family in the car with me and it feels wonderful.”

He's thrilled to be heading back to Western New York, Anderson said, and plans to continue making the once-a-week visits from where he's currently working - Hartwick College - as he has done since his nomination was forwarded to the SUNY Board of Trustees, until he officially takes over. In fact, Anderson was in Alfred Monday, re-introducing himself to faculty and staff.

“I think the college, looking back over the last 100 years, is in a wonderful position to help out the region in every aspect, particularly economic development,” he said. “Alfred State is the only public institution of technology in Western New York, and I want to promote those resources to help out the Southern Tier and all of Western New York.”

Anderson said he's ready to get to work at ASC.

“Now we can start engaging in all the challenges facing the college,” he said. “This morning (Tuesday), I endorsed the beginning of a new strategic planning process, and appointed Regina Pollard to head up the planning council. They started work on it this morning.

“It's going to be a very inclusive process, the council has faculty, staff, students, alumni and College Council members on it,” Anderson added. “It's exciting and it will engage representatives from all the stakeholders of the college in the strategic planning development.”

Jim Grillo, Alfred State College professor and faculty senate chairman, said Anderson has his and the faculty senate's support.

“I think it's an outstanding appointment,” he said. “I think John has grown considerably since he's left the institution.

“He brings a wealth of additional knowledge from the other positions he's held,” Grillo added. “I think he'll do an outstanding job.”

Interim SUNY Chancellor John Clark, who spent a year as ASC's interim president before moving on to SUNY, said in a prepared statement he was pleased Anderson was returning to the institution. Anderson spent 12 years - from 1991-2003 - as a member of the administration at Alfred State, and 20 years at the college in total.

“His knowledge and experience with the campus, combined with the experience and leadership he has developed at Hartwick College over the last four years, make him an ideal presidential candidate for the campus and a welcome addition once again to the SUNY system,” Clark said.

Carl Hayden, SUNY Board of Trustees chairman, offered his congratulations to Anderson, also in a prepared statement.

“Having John Anderson as president of the campus is the key to unlocking Alfred State's full potential,” he said. “From academic excellence to athletic achievement, we look forward to great things from John Anderson, and the students, faculty and staff of Alfred State College.”

Ronald Rosati, who has been the officer-in-charge at Alfred State College since June 1, 2007, when Clark left, will now resume his duties as provost and vice president for academic affairs at the college.

After leaving ASC, Anderson served as vice president of academic affairs at SUNY Institute of Technology from 2003-04; following that with four years at Hartwick College, where he served as executive vice president and provost. Between 1975 and 1991, Anderson held several teaching and academic posts at Alfred State College, SUNY Brockport, SUNY Geneseo, and two area high schools.