Wheeler takes over as SUNY New Paltz president

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Dr. Darrell Wheeler

NEW PALTZ – Dr. Darrell Wheeler said he is “exhilarated and humbled” to start his new job as president of SUNY New Paltz. He took over on Monday from Dr. Donald Christian, who retired after serving the school for several years.

“In the remaining weeks of this summer, I’m looking forward to meeting many of you and others when you return to campus for the start of classes,” Wheeler wrote in a welcoming message to the campus community.

“I’m thrilled to be at New Paltz and to have this opportunity to grow and advance our shared vision and mission to serve our students and our community with the quality and dedication I have already come to know about this campus, its faculty, staff, students and friends,” he wrote.

Wheeler most recently served as provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs at Iona College. Prior to that, he served as dean of the School of Social Welfare and vice president for Public Engagement at the University of Albany, dean for the School of Social Work at Loyola University Chicago, and held academic positions at Hunter College, CUNY, Columbia University, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.