Leadership changes at SUNY Oneonta after COVID-19 sickens hundreds, shuts down campus

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ONEONTA — SUNY Oneonta President Barbara Jean Morris has stepped down for other opportunities, according to a press release from the State University of New York.The SUNY Board of Trustees on Thursday appointed Dennis Craig to be acting president, effective immediately, SUNY officials said Thursday.

The SUNY Oneonta campus was shut down in early September for the rest of the fall semester after hundreds of students fell ill with COVID-19, an outbreak SUNY officials attributed to student parties.

Craig recently led SUNY Purchase College’s fall reopening and handled the campus’s response to the first wave of the pandemic last spring as interim president, SUNY officials noted.

“Our collective responsibility at SUNY is to equip our campuses with the resources and leadership they need to deliver a quality education for our students, while ensuring that the safety and well-being of our entire campus communities remain the highest priority during this ongoing pandemic,” SUNY Board of Trustees said in a statement. “Dennis Craig has proven to be such a leader for SUNY Purchase College over the years.”

SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras announced the appointment from the SUNY Oneonta campus, joined by Craig, the SUNY Oneonta College Council, as well as …

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