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March 24 , 2009 , Delhi, N.Y. … John S. Nader of Oneonta, who has served as dean of the Liberal Arts and Sciences Division at SUNY Delhi since 2001, will assume the position of college Provost, effective January 2010.

His selection follows a nation-wide search for a successor to Dennis Callas, who is retiring next year following a distinguished 36-year academic career at SUNY Delhi.

"Dr. Nader has done an outstanding job of directing our major college planning initiatives, and he has expertly guided an expansion of programs offered through the Liberal Arts and Sciences Division," says Candace S. Vancko, college president. "He is an accomplished scholar whose vision and leadership will help make Delhi's academic programs even stronger."

"The Provost's position offers a great opportunity to make a very good academic institution even better," says Dr. Nader. "SUNY Delhi has made great strides due to the remarkable efforts of the faculty, staff and administration. This position will allow me to work with people whom I greatly respect to strengthen Delhi's commitment to further improving and expanding its academic programs."

As Dean of the Liberal Arts and Sciences Division, Dr. Nader has directed the introduction of new academic programs that have significantly increased enrollment at SUNY Delhi. Criminal Justice, Teacher Education, Environmental Studies, the Undeclared Major, and the first on-line RN to BSN in New York State are among the new programs developed during his tenure. Dr. Nader has also guided faculty efforts to develop the extensive range of upper level courses required to support SUNY Delhi's expansion of baccalaureate degree programs. He has worked to provide more challenging opportunities for academically talented students through a series of honors courses. He has recruited faculty with impressive academic and publishing backgrounds.

Dr. Nader has led some of SUNY Delhi's most important accreditation and review initiatives. He served as co-chair for the steering committee for the 10-year Middle States Accreditation process. He played a leading role in coordinating and writing the college's Mission Review II Memorandum of Understanding document that outlines the college's goals and aspirations and enrollment and retention strategies.

He is a recognized expert on student outcomes assessment. Dr. Nader initiated and directed the implementation of a robust program of assessing student outcomes consistent with the SUNY general education mandate. He also assumed a leading role in writing and securing adoption of the general education plan that each SUNY campus was required to develop.

Dr. Nader's achievements have led to leadership positions both on and off campus. He has served as an external review panelist for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education since 2000. In 2004, he served as an external review panelist for outcomes assessment for the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools. He has chaired search committees for two academic deans and chaired the college's Athletics Task Force in 2004. He was elected Mayor of the City of Oneonta in 2005.

Prior to being named Dean of the Liberal Arts and Sciences Division, Dr. Nader served as a Professor of Economics and History at SUNY Delhi from 1982 to 2001. He previously held appointments as an adjunct Economics Instructor at Pratt Institute, Hofstra University and the College of New Rochelle. From 1980-1981, he was an international economist with Republic National Bank of New York.

He holds a Ph.D. in Economics and a master's degree in Political Economy from the New School for Social Research. He also earned a bachelor's degree in Politics from Ithaca College.



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