Retirement is ‘bittersweet,’ says college president

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Dr. Donald Christian

NEW PALTZ – SUNY New Paltz President Donald Christian announced his June 2022 retirement in May of this year.  The departure marks the end of a 45-year career in higher education, including 12 years at the helm of SUNY New Paltz.

Christian noted that the average tenure for a college president is 6.5 years and he nearly doubled that during his tenure at the growing college. “It’s bittersweet, but it’s time,” said the outgoing president.  “I’m looking forward to doing new things at a different pace of life.”

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 previously told Mid-Hudson News that 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.