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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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Historic Joint Meeting of SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton College Councils Sets the Stage for Future Shared Services

Monday, March 26th, 2012

The College Councils of SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton met on Monday, March 26, in an unprecedented joint session to create new pathways toward SUNY’s challenge to increase shared services.

The joint meeting was the first of its kind in recent history between the two College Councils. Historically, College Council members have made decisions for the benefit of their home institution.

“To the best of my knowledge, today marked the first time the two College Councils have officially met together,” said SUNY Canton College Council Chairman Ronald M. O’Neill following the meeting. “We are excited to work together for the betterment of both colleges and to the overall betterment of SUNY as a whole. By being proactive, we can further SUNY’s vision of increasing efficiency by sharing services and increasing ‘SUNY Systemness.’”

Shared Services

“This extraordinary joint session was very important from the perspective of both campuses and their respective leadership,” SUNY Potsdam College Council Chairman Roger B. Linden said. “It is thanks to the vision of Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher that we have been able to find many areas for further collaboration between the campuses and all of SUNY, by embracing ‘Systemness,’ so that we can capitalize on the unique strengths of both Potsdam and Canton for the good of both the North Country and New York State.”

Both College Councils unanimously passed a resolution requesting that each campus be allowed to hire its own respective vice president for business affairs or vice president of administrative services, in recognition of the unique educational programs and organizational structures at each campus. They additionally resolved to continue consideration and discussion on other avenues for combining administrative functions.

“The two positions are vastly different at each College,” O’Neill said. “It would not be effective to combine the position without hiring additional staffing, such as assistants, beneath one single shared vice presidential position, negating any cost savings on the administrative side of our operations.”

“The joint search committee reflected at great length on the enormity of combining these two very different positions on each campus into one, and just how difficult a job that would be. They found that they could not see how the job could be performed by a single human being,” Linden said.

The two colleges offer cross-registration, and common courses for both student populations. Both colleges extend these services and transportation to and from each respective campus, and partner with St. Lawrence and Clarkson universities to further educational opportunities for students in St. Lawrence County.

During the joint search, members gained new insight and a new appreciation of the neighboring colleges’ administrative responsibilities. By getting a sense of the inner workings of each College, both groups stand better poised to make recommendations into other cost-saving strategies.

“We want to continue this type of collaborative effort,” O’Neill added. “We are planning to meet together a minimum of once a year to continue our positive dialogue. By working together, we are making steps in the right direction and look forward to making recommendations for further shared services among the two colleges, and perhaps other colleges as well.”

“Today, I had the honor of chairing this historic joint meeting, as it was held on the SUNY Potsdam campus. I told Ron I would like the opportunity to watch him chair such a meeting on his campus, so we can continue to share ideas and work together, always keeping in mind that all that we do is for the advancement of our students,” Linden said.

 

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