Keen stepping down as Farmingdale prez in ’16

W. Hubert Keen will step down as Farmingdale State College president following the next academic year.

Farmingdale State College President W. Hubert Keen will step down next June after nearly nine years in office.

Keen, 70, led the school through a period of significant enrollment growth, the expansion of academic programs and a nearly $200 million construction and renovation project that transformed the look and feel of the college, which began as a two-year agricultural school.

“Everyone has his or her time, and now it is my time,” Keen said. “I’m very proud of what Farmingdale has become, very proud of our excellent faculty and staff, and very proud of what our students achieve. It’s been a wonderful journey. And I’ve had a ball.”

Keen has spent almost 40 years in academia, first as an assistant professor at SUNY Cortland, later as a professor, department chair, dean, provost and interim president at schools ranging from Cortland to CUNY’s York College and SUNY Old Westbury, before landing at Farmingdale. He holds a PhD in ecology and is a Fulbright Fellow.

During Keen’s tenure enrollment increased by almost a third and full-time faculty increased from 153 to 211. Total philanthropic funding has increased steadily, roughly doubling in the past eight years, including a $1 million gift from alum Theresa Patnode Santmann, the largest donation in the college’s history.