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"A Proud Past, A Strong Future"

President and Leadership


Since the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh opened its doors as a normal school for the training of teachers in 1889, the faculty and staff have dedicated themselves to providing a strong educational foundation for our students.

From the close interaction with faculty members to the facilities on campus, students at Plattsburgh have many invaluable resources available to them. Internships, work experiences and study abroad programs offer students exciting opportunities throughout their college careers. We strive to provide all our students with an educational experience that will lead to rewarding and successful careers.

We challenge our students to commit themselves to excellence. SUNY Plattsburgh transforms the lives of its students as they seek to discover their fullest potential, in and out of the classroom. Our caring and experienced faculty and staff are here to support our students as they make this journey.

Our motto, 'A Proud Past, A Strong Future,' is as appropriate today as it was 25 years ago. Alumni have graduated from Plattsburgh and become successful in their careers and standouts in their communities. We are immensely proud of our faculty, staff, students and alumni.

The college is searching for its next president. John Ettling retired as president at the end of the 2018-2019 academic year after 15 years. In June 2019, SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson named Josee Larochelle as Chief Administrative Officer-in-Charge.

Other details on campus leadership and the Office of the President are included in this section of the website. 


Office of the President

Josee Larochelle
Chief Administrative Officer-in-Charge
Vice President for Administration and Finance
Phone: 518-564-2010
Email: [email protected]

Gerianne Downs
Assistant Director of Communications 
Phone: 518-564-3094 
Email: [email protected]

Sue Gadway
Executive Secretary to the President

Phone: 518-564-2010
Email: [email protected]

Ken Knelly
Executive Director of Communications and Public Affairs
Phone: 518-564-3622
Email: [email protected]

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