President Alexander Enyedi
A veteran academic leader, administrator and scholar, Dr. Alexander Enyedi began his leadership of the college in January 2020.
President Enyedi shared his appreciation for the opportunity when accepting the position offered by the SUNY Board of Trustees.
“SUNY Plattsburgh is a special place and I am honored and excited to join the Cardinal family,” he said. “This tremendous opportunity will allow me to pursue my passion for serving students, empowering faculty and staff, and connecting with community,”
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Before coming to the North Country, President Enyedi served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Humboldt State University, one of 23 campuses in the California State University system. At Humboldt State, Dr. Enyedi oversaw 13 distinct units, including three academic colleges, the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and the Office for Research and Sponsored Programs, among others. He oversaw an operating budget of $79 million, or about 60 percent of the university’s total general fund budget.
Deeply committed to diversity, equity and inclusivity, Enyedi positioned academic affairs at Humboldt State as a role model for related campus-wide activities, driving system change for equity on campus. Additionally, he was responsible for transforming, reorganizing and developing novel infrastructure/organizational units within Academic Affairs, including the establishment of a new Center for Teaching and Learning and the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.
Among other initiatives at Humboldt State, Enyedi coordinated a collaborative relationship with the College of the Redwoods and the HSU California Center for Rural Policy that established a new RN-to-BSN program slated for fall 2020 implementation. He also led an inclusive campus-wide effort to create and implement Humboldt State’s new five-year strategic enrollment management plan.
SUNY delegates to campus presidents a range of duties. The president determines what college administrative officers are needed, assigns the powers, duties and responsibilities of each, and supervises the professional and non-academic staff. The president also recommends the annual budget request of the campus and makes recommendations concerning the operation, plans and development of the college.
Enyedi came to Humboldt State in 2015 after a 22-year career at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich. His last five years at Western Michigan were as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Enyedi had direct oversight of 26 departments, schools and interdisciplinary programs. He joined the Western Michigan faculty in 1993 as an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. He moved through the ranks to full professor there in 2002. He was named associate dean in 2005 and dean in 2010.
Enyedi earned his doctorate in plant pathology/biochemistry from Pennsylvania State University. He was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship at the Center for Agricultural Biotechnology at Rutgers University. Born in Canada, Enyedi earned both his master of science and bachelor of science degrees from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada.
“I look forward to working closely with our College Council, faculty, students, staff, alumni and supporters to find new and innovative ways of delivering on SUNY Plattsburgh’s promise, which is the promise of a great education, student success, and a commitment to serve the North Country region,” he said.
Coffees with the PresidentInformal conversations with students, faculty and staff are incredibly important. They let me answer your questions, see your perspectives and hear your passion about SUNY Plattsburgh.Although this happens as I walk around campus each day or on Monday mornings when assisting with pooled surveillance testing, I want to connect with more of you over the coming months.
To advance this, I am adding some virtual spaces to do these more intentionally and regularly. These 'Coffees with the President' may shift to in-person by the end of the semester, but they'll be via Zoom for at least March.
These sessions will last about an hour, with participation limited to about 60 so I can address questions directly. If you miss out, please aim to catch the next meeting.
I will share any brief updates that apply to the time and date, but mostly I'd like to open it up to your questions and concerns. I will address these as best I can, either there or later. Some times are geared for students and others for faculty and staff.
Below are times and dates over the next month. I am looking forward to visiting. Contact the Office of the President for a link.
Faculty and Staff
Friday, March 12 / 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, March 17 / 8 a.m.
Tuesday, March 23 / noon
Monday, March 29 / 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 16 / 7 p.m.
Thursday, March 25 / noon
Wednesday, March 31 / 2 p.m.