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College Council Meetings

November 15, 2022, 9:00 am - 11:00 am - College Council Meeting and Public Hearing

In-Person Location: Miller Campus Center 218-220
Virtual: Zoom Meeting Link

October 4, 2022, 8:45 am - Miller Campus Center 218-220

September 6, 2022, 9:00 am - Canceled - Dana Hall 233/Zoom Video Call

June 7, 2022, 9:00 am - Dana Hall 228/Zoom Video Call

April 19, 2022, 9:00 am - Halford Hall/Zoom Video Call

December 17, 2021, 2:00 pm - Zoom Video Call

September 21, 2021, 9:00 am - Halford Hall

November 17, 2020, 9:00 am - Zoom Video Call

June 2, 2020, 9:00 am - Alumni House

  • Cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions

April 20, 2020, 9:00 am - Conference Call

  • Special call to discuss Children/Families On-Campus Policy

March 17, 2020, 9:00 am - Alumni House

  • Cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions

October 29, 2019, 9:00 am - Alumni House

Note: This meeting did not have quorum. It was conducted in a regular manner, but is being filed as an informational meeting.

September 17, 2019, 9:00 am - Alumni House

» Previous Meetings 2010-2018


College Council Members

  • Grace Y. Burke, Watertown, term expires 2018
  • Toni Kennedy, Potsdam, term expires 2025
  • Ronald M. O'Neill, Chairperson, Canton, term expires 2027
  • Brian Plonka, Norwood, term expires 2025
  • Marie Regan, Potsdam, term expires 2028
  • Joseph L. Rich, Watertown, term expires 2024
  • Jennifer Stevenson, Ogdensburg, term expires 2022
  • Abigale Fink, Student Rep/SGA President, term expires May 2023
  • Representatives of the faculty and staff participate as observers

The organization, powers, and duties of the Councils of state-operated institutions are established by Section 356 of Article 8 of the State Education Laws as follows:

  1. Subject to the general management, supervision and control, and in accordance with rules established by the State University Trustees, the operations and affairs of each state-operated institution. . .will be supervised locally by a council consisting of nine members appointed by the Governor and one student elected by students. (Provision is made for staggered terms of initial appointees and seven-year terms for subsequent appointments for filling unexpired terms.) Members may be removed by the Governor and receive no compensation but are reimbursed for expenses incurred in performance of their duties.
  2. The Councils of state-operated institutions will provide for regular meetings at least four times annually. The Chair, or any five members by petition, may (at any time) call a special meeting of the Council and fix the time and place therefore. . .five members attending constitute a quorum for the transaction of business, and the act of a majority of the members present at any meeting will be the act of the Council.
  3. Subject to the general management, supervision, control, approval of, and in accordance with rules established by the State University Trustees, the Council of each state-operated institution will, with respect to the institution or institutions for which it serves, exercise the following powers:
    1. Recommend to the State University Trustees candidates for appointment by the State University Trustees as head of such institutions.
    2. Review all major plans of the head of such institution for its more effective operation, and make such recommendations with respect thereto as it deems appropriate. Such plans will be submitted for approval by the State University Trustees together with the recommendations of the Council with respect thereto. The State University Trustees will determine what constitutes such major plans, which are hereby generally defined to include, among others, plans for the appraisal or improvement of the faculty and other personnel, expansion or restriction of student admissions, appraisal or improvement of academic programs and of standards for the earning of degrees, expansion of institutional plants, and appraisal or improvement of student activities and housing.
    3. Make regulations governing the care; custody; and management of lands, grounds, buildings, and equipment.
    4. Review the proposed budget request for such institution prepared by the head thereof, and recommends to the State University Trustees a budget for such institution.
    5. Foster the development of advisory citizens' committees to render such assistance as the Council may request, and to appoint the members of such citizens' committees.
    6. Name buildings and grounds.
    7. Make regulations governing conduct and behavior of students.
    8. Prescribe for and exercise supervision over student housing and safety.
    9. Make an annual report to the State University Trustees on or before September 1 of each year; report to them, from time to time, any matter it believes requires their attention.

Perform such other powers and duties as may be authorized or required by the State University Trustees by general rules or special directives.

Make and establish and, from time to time, alter and amend such regulations pertaining to the affairs of its institution, not inconsistent with law or the rules of the State University Trustees, as may be necessary or appropriate to carry out effectively the foregoing powers and duties.

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MAC 616 Canton, NY 13617
Phone: 315-386-7204
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