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SUNY Potsdam & SUNY Canton Host Regional ‘Harnessing Systemness’ Conference

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton will host colleagues from State University of New York campuses across Northern New York tomorrow, for “Harnessing Systemness: Regional Discussions on Efficiency and Excellence.” This event is an opportunity for regional campuses to learn from neighboring institutions and foster greater collaboration.

Shared Services

SUNY Vice Chancellor for Financial Services Brian Hutzley will attend the conference and speak about the nationally recognized success of shared services between SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam.

“By sharing services with other campuses in the region, every SUNY college and university in New York has put itself in a better position to do more for its students,” said Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “From sharing online tutoring programs and clinical training facilities to collaborating on purchases and course offerings, SUNY campuses have embraced this initiative with commendable action.”

Tomorrow’s regional discussion will include campus-specific examples, as well as breakout sessions covering strategic areas, so peers from an array of institutions can discuss ideas to successfully share services.

The conference will be offered at SUNY Potsdam, and will be held in the Barrington Student Union Multi-Purpose Room from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and will move to Kellas Hall from 1 to 4 p.m.

The schedule is as follows:

  • 9 to 10 a.m.: “From Roots to Results: The Canton-Potsdam Story,” keynote presented by shared Vice President for Finance and Administration Natalie Higley.
  • 10 a.m. to noon: Presentations on shared services at SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam, featuring employees from the business affairs group for both campuses.
  • 1 to 1:30 p.m.: Welcome and introductions with CFO Hutzley and SUNY Potsdam Interim President Dennis L. Hefner.
  • 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.: Breakout sessions
  • 2:45 to 3:15 p.m.: Discussion on breakout session outcomes
  • 3:30 to 4 p.m.: Closing remarks

SUNY’s shared services initiative is an opportunity to provide greater efficiencies and improved services to our students. Through a series of strategic priorities and projects SUNY’s will enhance the core academic and student services missions of our campuses by redirecting resources to them from administrative and non-instructional functions, thereby allowing campuses to devote resources toward achieving the goals of student access, completion and success.

“Harnessing Systemness: Regional Discussions of Efficiency and Excellence” are events are designed to bring together campuses from the same geographic regions to in order to provide them better understanding of the shared services initiative, celebrate progress, share best practices, discussion challenges, and foster a collaborative culture across SUNY. The goal is to provide campuses with basic information about the initiative, and through the use of facilitated breakout discussions, provide participating campuses with an opportunity to learn from each other.

The immediate measurable goal of SUNY’s shared services initiative is the savings and reinvestment of $100 million over three years. To date, SUNY has identified more than $20 million in redirected savings, including new faculty hires, financial aid programs, scholarships, tutoring and academic advisement.

SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton are sharing services in areas such as purchasing, budgeting, accounts payable, travel and information technology. They also share a chief information officer, chief of police, assistant vice president for human resources, environmental health and safety director, veteran’s affairs officer, interlibrary loan specialist, upholsterer and other positions.

 

About SUNY Potsdam

Founded in 1816, and located on the outskirts of the beautiful Adirondack Park, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges. SUNY Potsdam currently enrolls approximately 4,350 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its handcrafted education, challenging liberal arts and sciences core, excellence in teacher training and leadership in the performing and visual arts. For more information, visit www.potsdam.edu.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton offers a variety of career-driven bachelor’s degrees in addition to its associate and certificate programs. In the past year, the College added two new bachelor’s degrees and expanded its facilities with a new athletic center, nicknamed Roos House, and the Grasse River Suites Residence Hall. The College’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers flexible and convenient online courses and programs. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III as well as the USCAA.

About the State University of New York

The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States, educating nearly 463,000 students in more than 7,500 degree and certificate programs, and more than 1.8 million NYS citizens in professional development and personal enrichment programs, on 64 college and university campuses. There are nearly 3 million SUNY alumni worldwide. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit www.suny.edu.

 

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SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam Receive National Innovation Award

Friday, July 26th, 2013

The National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) has chosen SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam to receive the 2013 Innovation Award for their shared service achievements.

The award recognizes higher education institutions for demonstrating excellence in process improvements and resource enhancements. Under the leadership of joint Vice President Natalie L. Higley, the two Colleges have realized significant administrative efficiencies and financial savings by sharing services and positions. Higley accepted the award at the NACUBO annual meeting in July.

SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton were recently awarded for their innovative shared services by the National Association of College and University Business Officers. Pictured are Mary K. Dolan, shared assistant vice president for human resources, Brian G. Hutzley, vice chancellor and CFO of SUNY, Natalie L. Higley, shared vice president for administration and Calvin L. Smith, shared director of environmental health and safety.

SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton were recently awarded for their innovative shared services by the National Association of College and University Business Officers. Pictured are Mary K. Dolan, shared assistant vice president for human resources, Brian G. Hutzley, vice chancellor and CFO of SUNY, Natalie L. Higley, shared vice president for administration and Calvin L. Smith, shared director of environmental health and safety.

“I am honored to have been nominated by Brian Hutzley, SUNY vice chancellor for financial services and chief financial officer, for this prestigious award,” said Higley. “This is a major recognition for the team involved in the shared services between the two campuses, and without their tireless work and dedication, the achievements we have made would not have been possible. A heartfelt ‘thank you’ goes out to my fantastic team.”

The two colleges are sharing services in areas such as purchasing, budgeting, accounts payable, travel and information technology. They also share a chief information officer, chief of police, assistant vice president for human resources, environmental health and safety director, veteran’s affairs officer, interlibrary loan specialist, upholsterer and other positions.

“We could not be prouder of all the staff involved who worked so hard to make this an award-winning program,” said SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman.

“This national award is a fitting recognition of the innovative collaboration that has taken place between SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton in sharing resources, personnel and expertise,” said SUNY Potsdam Interim President Dennis L. Hefner.

To ensure continued success of the program for the next several years, the two presidents recently signed a memorandum of understanding that outlines a mechanism for reviewing future shared services proposals, with a focus on transparency and collaboration. The agreement also ensures that measurable indicators of success will be in place to guarantee ongoing evaluation of service quality and impact on each campus.

 

About NACUBO

NACUBO is a membership organization representing more than 2,500 colleges, universities and higher education service providers across the country and around the world. NACUBO specifically represents chief business and financial officers through advocacy efforts, community service and professional development activities. The association’s mission is to advance the economic viability and business practices of higher education institutions in fulfillment of their academic missions.

 

About SUNY Potsdam

Founded in 1816, and located on the outskirts of the beautiful Adirondack Park, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges. SUNY Potsdam currently enrolls approximately 4,350 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its handcrafted education, challenging liberal arts and sciences core, excellence in teacher training and leadership in the performing and visual arts. For more information, visit www.potsdam.edu.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton offers a variety of career-driven bachelor’s degrees in addition to its associate and certificate programs. In the past year, the College added two new bachelor’s degrees and expanded its facilities with a new athletic center, nicknamed Roos House, and the Grasse River Suites Residence Hall. The College’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers flexible and convenient online courses and programs. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III as well as the USCAA.

 

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SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam Announce Shared Information Technology Position

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Kyle A. Brown to Oversee both SUNY Canton’s Information Services and SUNY Potsdam’s Computing & Technology Services

Kyle Brown

Kyle A. Brown has been appointed the Chief Information Officer for both SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam.

The latest of a series of shared positions between St. Lawrence County’s two State University of New York campuses will help solidify infrastructure and back-end operations.

Kyle A. Brown, a 2003 SUNY Potsdam graduate and the former director of Information Services at SUNY Canton, has been appointed the Chief Information Officer for both campuses. In the new role, Brown will also oversee the Computing and Technology Services department at SUNY Potsdam.

“It is an excellent move for both campuses to have one director who will combine our strengths,” said Shared Vice President for Business Affairs and Administration Natalie L. Higley. “The newly-created position will help us, as we look to expand the  technological infrastructure on both campuses.”

The two colleges are investigating the creation of a shared services center, which would create opportunities to benefit other North Country SUNY institutions by sharing expertise, providing efficiency and expanding service offerings for other campuses.

Brown, a 2003 graduate of SUNY Potsdam’s computer science program, previously served as the director of information services and director of SUNY Canton OnLine. He will dedicate half of his time to both colleges, and will report to Higley. Brown is a member of the SUNY Information Technology Transformation Team, as well as the Chancellor’s Online Learning Advisory Group.

Following Brown’s appointment, SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton will now seek to hire a shared Chief Technology Officer, a new position that would benefit both campuses.

“We are entering an exciting time in SUNY,” Brown said. “We have an opportunity to develop university-wide and regional initiatives that will transform the way our campuses do business, and expand quality support services for our students and faculty.”

In addition to his bachelor’s degree from SUNY Potsdam, Brown earned his Master of Science Degree from Clarkson University, Potsdam.

In addition to Brown, the campuses share the following administrators: Vice President Higley, Compliance Training Officer Stacey Basford, Interlibrary Loan Specialist Glen Bogardus, Life Safety Systems Manager Tony Caracciolo, Human Resources Director Mary Dolan, Chief of Police John Kaplan, Veteran’s Affairs Officer Patrick Massaro and Environmental Health & Safety Director Calvin Smith.

About SUNY Canton:

SUNY Canton offers a variety of career-driven bachelor’s degrees in addition to its associate and certificate programs. In the past year, the College added two new bachelor’s degrees and expanded its facilities with a new athletic center, nicknamed Roos House, and the Grasse River Suites Residence Hall. The College’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers flexible and convenient online courses and programs. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III as well as the USCAA. For more information, visit www.canton.edu.

About SUNY Potsdam:

Founded in 1816, and located on the outskirts of the beautiful Adirondack Park, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges. SUNY Potsdam currently enrolls approximately 4,350 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its handcrafted education, challenging liberal arts and sciences core, excellence in teacher training and leadership in the performing and visual arts. For more information, visit www.potsdam.edu.

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SUNY Potsdam & SUNY Canton Making Strides On Shared Services

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Colleges Work Together on Payroll, HR, Budget, Environmental Health & Safety and Sustainability

SUNY Canton & SUNY Potsdam

As the fall semester draws to a close, SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton are continuing to make great strides toward shared services offerings to streamline and bolster services on both campuses. The campus alliance work is advancing in several important areas.

“Shared services is paying off in a number of ways for us at SUNY Canton,” said SUNY Canton Interim President Carli C. Schiffner. “It has allowed both schools to collaborate on best practices so that we can streamline operations and improve services for our students. Faculty and staff at both schools deserve a lot of credit for their accomplishments and innovative approaches.”

“This has been a remarkable semester of conversation and collaboration. SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton staff and faculty have been reaching out to colleagues at the other campus to discuss ideas, with a renewed respect for the important role both campuses play in the region,” said SUNY Potsdam President Dr. John F. Schwaller. “The strides we have made in administrative areas will allow both campuses to harness the power of systemness to redirect resources toward the unique academic experiences both colleges offer.”

Budget

With the onset of the new SUNY budget resource allocation model, both SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton have realized the benefit of updating the campus budgeting process. Both colleges are now searching for a shared executive director of budgets. This position will be responsible for assisting in the design and rollout of a standardized budget process, which would allow Potsdam and Canton to share knowledge and resources. The SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton budget offices are working closely together on a new budget policies and procedures manual. This is especially beneficial, in light of both campuses needing to learn the details of a new budget model. Both campus budgets will continue to remain independent, with no mingling of funds.

Payroll

The two colleges identified the payroll function as an area for possible cooperation in January 2012. It was quickly understood that there was a need for change to reduce redundancy, gain efficiency, integrate solutions, standardize processes and procedures where possible, and lower costs. To accomplish this, it was necessary to move from two separate transactional entities to a shared dynamic, innovative operation. The two campuses completed an analysis, designed a phased approach for integrated payroll and identified short-term needs, starting with student payroll. Full implementation of the payroll project will be complete in March 2013. This will result in the payroll function being processed completely as one unit for both campuses.

Human Resources

In addition to payroll, the area of human resources has made significant headway toward sharing services. Mary K. Dolan, who was formerly the director of human resources at SUNY Potsdam, has been named the assistant vice president for human resources for both campuses. Her new role is a shared position overseeing one Office of Human Resources for both SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton.

“Human resources is a critical function, and in this time of budget constraint, we must be innovative and willing to change the way we do things. My team has stepped up to the challenge, and is already beginning to reap the benefits of efficiencies,” Dolan said.

Betty Connolly, the former director of human resources at SUNY Canton, has accepted a position there as the assistant vice president for administration.

A new human resources generalist search is underway to assist on the Canton campus. This will create a structure of three generalist roles that will focus on talent acquisition, workplace relations and practices and HR operations. The shared office is tackling tasks such as implementing an online applicant system that will be the same at both campuses. A cost savings is expected, as well as critical efficiencies.

Environmental Health & Safety

The Office of Environmental Health & Safety is also charging forward with the shared services initiative. Calvin Smith, the director at SUNY Potsdam, has accepted the position of director of environmental health and safety for both campuses. This means that his time and responsibilities will be split, and his salary will be shared. He reports to Vice President for Business Affairs and Administrative Services Natalie Higley.

“The focus on protecting our students, faculty, staff, visitors, contractors and our environment is something both campuses have always shared. I look forward to building stronger environmental health and safety programs at both campuses, and blending our efforts whenever possible,” Smith said.

SUNY Canton did not previously have an EH&S department on campus, and in order to expedite its formation, a private occupational health, safety and environmental consulting firm will conduct a compliance analysis of all campus programs. This third-party assessment process is a private sector model, one that Smith used to enhance and expand the existing EH&S department at SUNY Potsdam when he joined the campus six years ago. The Colden Corporation, which also led the Potsdam analysis, is conducting the Canton assessment. Smith’s team at Potsdam now includes one EH&S professional, two inspection/testing technicians, a fire inspection manager and one support staff member.

Following the third-party assessment, the analysis will be used as the compliance framework and guide for the new EH&S program at SUNY Canton. It will also serve as a tool during the selection process for a new EH&S professional who will be hired specifically to fill Canton’s needs. Additionally, the campus may hire inspection/testing technicians, depending on the results of the analysis. Colden Corp. anticipates that this analysis will be complete in Spring 2013.

Sustainability

In addition to the efforts in the area of environmental health and safety, both campuses are working together to make both campuses more “green.” SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton are currently seeking a joint sustainability coordinator, to oversee efforts to reduce the carbon footprint at both colleges. This will replace the part-time sustainability position that SUNY Potsdam used to have, and will add a part-time professional to work toward these important goals on the Canton campus.

About SUNY Potsdam:

Founded in 1816, and located on the outskirts of the beautiful Adirondack Park, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges. SUNY Potsdam currently enrolls approximately 4,350 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its handcrafted education, challenging liberal arts and sciences core, excellence in teacher training and leadership in the performing and visual arts. For more information visit www.potsdam.edu.

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SUNY Canton Supports New SUNY Budget Model

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Following a statewide SUNY conference call and a joint leadership meeting with SUNY Potsdam, SUNY Canton Interim President Carli C. Schiffner expressed support for SUNY’s proposed budget allocation model and the future of the colleges’ shared services efforts.

“SUNY Canton’s incredible growth over the past several years would be extremely beneficial under the new proposed budget allocation model,” President Schiffner said. “Under the new guidelines, we would benefit from that growth and be funded more appropriately for a college with an enrollment that has grown to approximately 3,800 students.”

Shared Services

President Schiffner also noted her optimism overall when the new budget model is combined with the savings the College anticipates through continued shared services efforts with SUNY Potsdam.

“Our Chief Financial Officer Natalie L. Higley has done a masterful job in recognizing and creating opportunities to save money through shared services efforts and sound business practices,” said Schiffner. “The recent praise she received at our latest College Council meeting from SUNY Central CFO Brian Hutzley highlighted many of those accomplishments. We anticipate both colleges will continue to take advantage of these savings as Natalie and the respective leadership teams continue to initiate shared resources. ”

President Schiffner pointed out that in addition to SUNY Canton’s enrollment growth benefits, the College will target future growth in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. Those areas were identified in SUNY’s proposed budget allocation model and correspond well with the College’s engineering and technology programs.

“The new budget model is ideal for the growth of programs within our Canino School of Engineering Technology,” said Schiffner. “In the past few years, we’ve added several new bachelor’s degrees in these areas, so we are effectively aligned to benefit from this model.”

 

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SUNY Canton Announces New and More Efficient Administrative Structure

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012

SUNY Canton Interim President Carli C. Schiffner today announced several departments and offices were realigned within the College’s organizational structure to better support priorities including student retention, strategic enrollment management and efficient shared services.

Some of the major changes under the new organizational structure include Athletics moving back to Student Affairs, Information Services and University Police shifting to College Administration, and Online Learning and Admissions moving under Academics.

“Canton has been a leader in SUNY’s system-wide shared service initiatives, and today’s realignment by President Schiffner mirrors our broader efforts to streamline administrative overhead so our resources can support student services and institutional priorities,” said Brian Hutzley, vice chancellor for financial services and chief financial officer for SUNY.

“These changes will result in a more effective organizational structure that will allow SUNY Canton to better address its issues and priorities moving forward,” President Schiffner said. “The restructuring of these areas will allow us to focus on student success and better align us with the model of both our SUNY counterparts and colleges and universities around the nation. This is part of the evolution of Canton as we look to continue our remarkable progress.”

Schiffner mentioned the College’s increased focus on academics and student completion as well as future opportunities to continue saving money through shared services. Last month SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam announced more than $1 million in shared services savings, and Vice President for Administration Natalie Higley expects those efforts to continue to benefit both schools.

“SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam have worked hard together to consolidate administrative services, become more efficient, and direct a larger percentage of funds toward the education of our students,” said Higley, who works for both colleges and is an example of the new shared services model. “We’ve already seen progress in areas such as payroll services and information services, and we look forward to continuing to standardize our processes and procedures for future savings.”

 

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SUNY Potsdam & SUNY Canton Hire Joint Chief Financial Officer

Monday, June 4th, 2012

Natalie Higley to Begin as Newest Vice President for Business Affairs & Administrative Services on July 1

Natalie Higley

Natalie Higley has been chosen as the first Vice President for Business Affairs and Administrative Services for SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam.

SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam have appointed the first chief financial officer to serve both campuses, as part of their ongoing shared services strategy.

Natalie Higley has been selected as the Vice President of Business Affairs and Administrative Services for both institutions. She will begin service on July 1.

“The position presents a unique and innovative opportunity to join the SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton teams,” Higley said. “I look forward to working closely with both campus communities.”

In the newly created role, Higley will serve on the administrations for both SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton. This hire continues the implementation of shared services between the campuses, through the SUNY Campus Alliance Network.

Reporting to the President on each campus, the CFO is responsible for maintaining both colleges’ fiscal health and smooth administrative functioning. Areas reporting to the position on both campuses include financial and business services, budget, internal controls, physical plant and facilities, purchasing, payables, human resources, payroll, Research Foundation operations, and auxiliary services.

Higley will play a key role on each campus as a member of both colleges’ management teams, setting the overall direction for the institutions.

“I would like to welcome Natalie Higley as the newest member of our President’s Council. I expect that her experience from working at other campuses will provide us with insights leading to innovation in shared services and continued growth for our two institutions, which in turn benefits the greater North Country community,” said SUNY Potsdam President Dr. John F. Schwaller. “Our campus has led the charge for financial transparency and resource accountability, and I am confident that Natalie is dedicated to continuing that commitment.”

SUNY Canton President Dr. Joseph L. Kennedy added: “The hiring of a joint position at the vice presidential level is a significant step toward reducing our combined administrative costs to the benefit of the collective student body. We are making commendable efforts to meet SUNY’s goals. Natalie Higley is highly capable and suitable to meet the needs of both colleges. I’m confident she will enthusiastically present us with opportunities that will help both colleges continue to grow and thrive together.”

With more than 14 years of experience in executive management, Higley has demonstrated diligence in her work overseeing finances at both private manufacturers and public universities.

Originally from Scottsville, N.Y., Higley earned her bachelor’s degree in organizational management and master’s degree in management from Roberts Wesleyan College, going on to work as controller for Nationwide Precision Products and CFO at the First Allied Corporation, both of Rochester.

Higley began her higher education career as the accounting coordinator/ manager for the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Fla., before moving on to the University of Georgia system, where she worked as vice president of business affairs for Bainbridge College in Bainbridge, Ga., for five years. She was most recently the chief business and financial officer and assistant director at the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography in Savannah, Ga., which is also part of the University System of Georgia. Higley is currently working toward her doctorate in higher education administration at Georgia Southern University.

Previously, the colleges worked together to hire a joint veterans and military service coordinator to extend educational opportunities to former and active armed forces members at both campuses.

About SUNY Potsdam:

Founded in 1816, and located on the outskirts of the beautiful Adirondack Park, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges. SUNY Potsdam currently enrolls approximately 4,350 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its handcrafted education, challenging liberal arts and sciences core, excellence in teacher training and leadership in the performing and visual arts. For more information, visit www.potsdam.edu.

 

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