SUNY New Paltz president announces his retirement

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College President Dr. Donald Christian helps freshman students move into their dorms (file photo)

NEW PALTZ – SUNY New Paltz President Donald Christian will retire next year, he announced on Tuesday. When he steps down at the end of June 2022, he will have completed a 45-year career in higher education and 12 years as the college president.

Christian was appointed the eighth president in 2011 after serving as interim president in 2010-11, and provost and vice president for academic affairs at New Paltz in 2009-2010.

He said during the remainder of his time at the college, he will focus on positioning the school for continued success in a dramatically changing higher education world and to set the stage for the next president’s entry and success.

Interim College Council Chairman Eli Basch of Kingston had nothing but praise for the retiring leader. “Over the many years of working with President Christian, I have observed first-hand his extraordinary dedication to SUNY New Paltz and its students, faculty and staff. He always ensures the needs of this community foremost, and takes time to listen to diverse perspectives before making difficult decisions, as he did consistently in helping the college adroitly navigate the COVID-9 pandemic,” Basch said.