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SUNY Canton president search begins with first visit

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CANTON, N.Y. -- The search for the new president at SUNY Canton takes another step toward completion. Monday, the first of five final candidates was introduced to the faculty, staff and community.

The search committee, led by Ron O'Neill, is looking to replace Joseph Kennedy as president.

"We're looking for a person that's strong in academics, strong in fund-raising, community spirited. We're looking for an all-around person to lead SUNY Canton," said O'Neill.

The search has narrowed 100 candidates down to five, all of whom share in the mission of SUNY Canton, O'Neill said.

"I think they all seem to have a vision for SUNY Canton, which is important. And I think they have a background that fits the mission of SUNY Canton, which is also important," he said.

The first of five candidates, Zvi Szafran, was introduced Monday.

"People recognize that it's important for all students to have an increasingly technological education still fused with the liberal arts and that they need to be prepared for the world of tomorrow," Szafran said.

After each of the five visit campus, O'Neill and the search committee will send a recommendation for who they thinks will best lead the university.

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