John S. Nader, provost at SUNY Delhi and the former mayor of Oneonta, has been appointed president of Farmingdale State College, succeeding W. Hubert Keen, who retires in July.
Nader, the provost since 2009, previosuly served as dean of Delhi’s liberal arts and sciences program, overseeing the introduction of new degree programs in Environmental Studies and Criminal Justice. As both provost and dean, he focused on promoting student success through improving advisement, expanding scholarship support and promoting community engagement and service learning opportunities for students.
He was also instrumental in obtaining approval to develop a fully online RN to BSN degree at Delhi, which continues to receive national recognition. From 2012-2013, he was president of the SUNY Chief Academic Officers organization.
“Dr. Nader has been an instrumental member of the SUNY Delhi leadership team for several years, helping to make the college a national leader in online education and ensure the implementation of its performance improvement plan. He is going to make an excellent president for Farmingdale State College,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “We are deeply grateful to President Keen for his outstanding leadership over the last nine years and commend him on a widely successful 40-year career in higher education in New York State.”
Patricia Hill Williams, chair of Farmingdale’s College Council and chair of the search committee commended Zimpher for her “swift action” in selecting Nader to serve as Farmingdale’s ninth president. “His familiarity with SUNY and the college of technology sector will serve to ensure a smooth leadership transition and continue the College’s remarkable success in meeting its goals.”
With 8,694 students, Farmingdale has the second largest undergraduate enrollment among all Long Island colleges and expects to offer its first graduate degree program within a year.
“Farmingdale appears to be in an exceptional position to strengthen and broaden its rather enviable reputation. Farmingdale epitomizes the spirit of what a public college education can be,” Nader said.
Nader received a BA in Politics from Ithaca College and an MA and a PhD in Economics from the New School for Social Research.