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SUNY Canton Welcomes Schiffner as New Provost

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011
Carli Schiffner

SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy announced that Carli C. Schiffner, Ph.D., of Yakima, Washington, has been selected as the College’s new Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy announced his former Chief of Staff has been selected as the College’s new Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Carli C. Schiffner, Ph.D., of Yakima, Washington, will begin her full-time appointment in July 2011.

“Both Carli’s prior work with our campus community as well as the leadership experience she’s gained through her current position at Yakima Valley Community College will serve her well in this high-demand role,” Kennedy said. “The College has grown drastically in recent years, and we have placed our trust in Carli to continue that growth by creating more in-demand four-year programs and supporting our exponential increase in online offerings and international programs, all while encouraging the continued academic excellence of our students and faculty.”

Schiffner served as the Dean of Arts and Sciences at Yakima Valley Community College after leaving SUNY Canton in August 2007. She increased efficiencies with the division’s processes and procedures, led accreditation efforts for the campus, revised and restructured assessment within the division, and worked collaboratively with fellow administrators, staff, faculty, and respective unions. She has also worked diligently to mainstream the use of data when making decisions regarding curriculum, assessment, and hiring.

“I have been fortunate to have spent the past four years at a large urban community college where I have gained invaluable experience working on access and student success initiatives and am excited to take what I’ve learned into my new role as SUNY Canton’s Provost,” Schiffner said. “The College is going through a tremendous period of growth both in enrollment and its physical landscape. I look forward to using my enthusiasm, dedication, strong work ethic and sense of humor as I continue to champion academic excellence and integrity and move ahead with a successful student agenda.”

Schiffner came to SUNY Canton in 2003 as an assistant professor in the History department. In May 2005, she assumed the role as Chief of Staff for Kennedy but also maintained her faculty position at the College. She continued to work as a faculty leader in the areas of distance learning, institutional strategic planning, curriculum development, and accreditation.

Her research has focused on women’s groups in the Pacific Northwest during the Progressive Era. Since returning to the region in 2007, Schiffner has had work published in Columbia Magazine and the Pacific Northwest Quarterly, in addition to reviewing several history texts.

While at SUNY Canton, Schiffner created the U.S. Women’s History course and worked in the local archives to transcribe women’s diaries with students. “I would like to continue in some capacity to be involved in the local history of the North Country,” she said.

She is a member of the American Historical Association and has been a Humanities Washington Board of Trustees member since 2009. She is also an active parent volunteer at St. Joseph/Marquette Catholic School and a Daisy Troop Leader. While living in Canton, Schiffner was the secretary and archivist for the St. Lawrence County branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW). She also volunteered for Citizens Against Violent Acts (CAVA), a rape crisis center in Canton.

Schiffner received her bachelor’s degree from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., in 1996, her master’s degree in 1998 from Drew University in Madison, N.J., and her doctorate from Washington State University in 2004.

The position of SUNY Canton Provost was previously held by Linda D. Pellett, who assumed the role of Interim Provost in March 2010 and retired in December.

“I am thrilled we have Carli back in our community,” Pellett noted. “She brings with her an enormous amount of positive energy and will help continue to guide the College in the right direction despite the difficult financial situations that are ahead.”

Schiffner’s husband and daughter are looking forward to returning to the North Country. “When we previously lived in Canton, we made terrific friends that became our ‘East Coast’ family,” she said. “We are excited to reconnect with our friends and former neighbors, as well as making new relationships within the community. We are looking at this return as a homecoming and have been overwhelmed with the welcome we have already received.”

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UNH Dean Becomes SUNY Canton’s New Provost

Monday, December 17th, 2007

Bill TrumbleSUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy announced that a Dean from the University of New Hampshire (UNH) has been selected as SUNY Canton’s new Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. William R. Trumble, Ph.D., of Madbury, N.H., will begin his full-time appointment in March 2008.

“Dr. Trumble joins us with an extensive research and administrative background,” Kennedy said. “His duties as SUNY Canton Provost will include continuing the college’s mission to offer more four-year degrees, the expansion of SUNY Canton OnLine, growth in international programs, and supporting the academic excellence of our students and faculty.”

Trumble comes to Canton from his most recent post as Dean of the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture at UNH and Director of the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station. He is also an instructing Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

“I am extremely honored to be the incoming Provost,” Trumble said. “I think I’ll bring an interesting set of experiences to SUNY Canton, including working with both two- and four-year programs, industrial interactions, technology-assisted and ‘paperless’ work environments, in addition to advocacy for students, faculty, and staff. I’m anxious to arrive in Canton on a full-time basis to get to know everyone and learn what the hopes and goals and aspirations are for the campus.”

During his tenure as Dean, he increased undergraduate enrollment and retention rates and made efforts to better understand the students’ point of view. “I lived with the students in a freshman dorm for a week to learn about problems from a student prospective,” Trumble said.

Trumble will augment SUNY Canton’s growth and development initiatives, according to Kennedy. Trumble previously facilitated the development of UNH’s strategic plan and reorganized the systems so that the college had unified and shared communications. He quintupled the college’s external research portfolio and increased the credit hours taught.

“SUNY Canton is poised to grow in the areas of new bachelor’s degrees, online learning opportunities, international interactions, and the ability for students to differentiate themselves through the educational process to ensure successful employment,” Trumble pointed out.

Trumble worked closely with the Foundation at UNH and created the largest “pipeline” of major donors at the college.

“He has outstanding credentials and has demonstrated an impressive dedication to scholarship and to faculty members,” Kennedy said.

Trumble has earned numerous awards and accolades throughout his career in higher education, including: the University of Idaho Academic Advising Award; a research award through the University of Idaho’s honorary agriculture society; and an Outstanding Faculty Award for the fields of Microbiology, Molecular Biology, and Biochemistry.

Trumble also was selected as an “Outstanding International Student Advisor” by Who’s Who among International Students in American Universities and Colleges in 1990.

He has served on the board of directors for the American Heart Association in several different regions and won the second place Excellence of Research Award from the organization in the National Student Research Forum.

Trumble’s research in the fields of chemistry, biology, and biochemistry has been published in numerous academic articles and books. He has served on the board of Scientific Advisors at Lark Technologies, Inc., and at Suma Biological, Inc., both based in Houston, Texas.

Trumble served in the U.S. Navy in the Nuclear Submarine Service. He received his bachelor’s degree from Washington State University in Pullman, Wash., and completed his graduate work at the University of Texas Health Center at Dallas, Texas.

The position of SUNY Canton Provost previously was held by Jeremy D. Brown, who accepted a college Presidency at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in July. Pauline A. Graveline, Dean of the School of Liberal Studies and Support Services, will continue serving as an Interim Provost until Trumble joins the college full time.

Trumble said that he and his wife, Mayme, and their son Jon, are fans of the winter weather. They will be looking forward to all of the opportunities for skiing, hiking, and fishing that the North Country has to offer. “Canton offers a quality of life that is very inviting,” Trumble said. “The people at SUNY Canton have won us over with their friendliness and dedication to the school.”