For Immediate Release: June 14, 2006
Albany – SUNY Chancellor John R. Ryan announced today that Alfred State College President Dr. Uma Gupta has accepted his invitation to lead a SUNY-wide initiative to increase the number of women and minorities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines across the
university. She will resign her position as President of Alfred State College effective June 30, 2006 in order to lead this important initiative.
"The University appreciates President Gupta’s strong leadership and great efforts at Alfred State College," said Chancellor Ryan. "The challenge of making science and mathematics more accessible to under-represented groups is an important issue for SUNY and the State of New York. Dr. Gupta is well-qualified to take on that challenge."
"Providing more opportunity for women and minorities to succeed in math, science and technology is one of the most challenging and important issues confronting higher education today," said Dr. Gupta. "I am very proud of all of the important accomplishments we have made at Alfred State, but at the same time, starting new programs and initiatives that have the potential to have a positive impact across the SUNY system and in the State of New York is very exciting and I look forward to making
progress on this critical issue."
Dr. Gupta’s successes at Alfred and her more than fifteen years of leadership in academics and diversity will ensure a rigorous and pragmatic approach to this issue. She plans to present an ambitious plan for research in the coming year.
In her three years as President of Alfred State College, Dr. Gupta and her leadership team elevated the college’s strategic planning and fund raising capabilities, as well as its community involvement. She convened a campus-wide, year-long dialogue to develop a strategic plan based on the "intentional learner" concept as put forth by the American Association of Colleges and Universities. The resulting plan received kudos in the 2005 Middle States Accreditation Report, which stated that
"the new vision, mission and the strategic plan that was developed, clearly articulate the future for the institution."
Under Dr. Gupta’s leadership, the college secured an unprecedented five million dollars in state funding to support the "Smart Farm", the college’s educational and organic farm which continues to attract
national and international attention. Additionally, between 2004 and 2006, the number of unrestricted donors increased nearly 500 percent, and unrestricted dollars grew 338 percent.
Dr. Gupta also initiated numerous programs to strengthen the college’s role in the surrounding community. She developed the Leadership Circle, which brings renowned speakers to the community at large; the Children’s International festival, which seeks to strengthen global awareness in
the rural community which Alfred State calls home; and the Backpack Buddies program, which provides weekly backpacks of food to children in need.
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