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Chancellor King to Recommend John Ettling as President of the College at Plattsburgh to the SUNY Board of Trustees

Albany - State University of New York Chancellor Robert L. King today announced he would recommend Dr. John Ettling, a Harvard-educated historian, to be the permanent president of the College at Plattsburgh. Ettling currently holds the position of vice president for academic affairs and provost of the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks.

Photo of Dr. John Ettling "I am very pleased to forward the name of John Ettling to the Board of Trustees for consideration," said King. "Ettling is an accomplished and experienced educator, scholar and administrator, who understands the role a president must play on and off campus. It is my expectation he will be an effective leader in the greater Plattsburgh community.

"I am confident the Board will also recognize his talents and experience in the realm of higher education."

Ettling holds a doctorate and masters degrees from Harvard. As an undergraduate, he earned a history degree and graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the honors program in the history department at the University of Virginia.

As an administrator at the University of North Dakota, Ettling was dean of the college of arts and sciences and interim vice president for academic affairs and provost. Previously, he was associate dean of the Honors College of the University of Houston and was chair of the history department.

Ettling also holds an appointment as a professor in the history department at the University of North Dakota and regularly teaches undergraduate courses. He was also a member of the faculty of the University of Houston's history department and the Honors College.

"I am very pleased and grateful Chancellor King has recommended me to the Board of Trustees," said Ettling. "The College at Plattsburgh is a wonderful institution of higher education located in a very supportive community and it would be a great honor to lead the campus. I look forward to meeting with the Board of Trustees and hope they look favorably on my nomination."

Ettling's nomination is the result of a national search conducted by the Plattsburgh College Council and the search committee it formed. The search committee forwarded a list of three very qualified final candidates to the chancellor.  Chancellor King and his senior staff conducted a number of interviews with the three finalists and the chancellor forwarded Ettling to the Board for its consideration.

"The College Council and the search committee are to be commended for bringing forward three superbly qualified candidates and thanked for contributing long hours of hard work in order to accomplish this very important goal," said King. "The entire search process was most exemplary and I want to thank the entire Plattsburgh College Council and Chair Robert Garrow and the members of the search committee - who are all volunteers - for the marvelous job they did. Plattsburgh will be a stronger institution thanks to their tremendous efforts."

Author of one book and co-author of another, Ettling wrote The Germ of Laziness, which was reviewed by the New York Times and other prestigious publications and received national prizes. In addition, he has contributed many articles and chapters to scholarly journals and books.

Ettling was a co-principal investigator and co-director of a $300,000 National Endowment for the Humanities grant, Texas Seminar on the Core Curriculum.

The recipient of many awards, including the University of North Dakota's President's Medal, he serves as a director on a number of academic and community boards, including the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges and the United Way of Greater Grand Forks. An accomplished scholar, Ettling lectured throughout the country, presented research papers and served as a commentator and panelist on issues ranging from public and social policy to the Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.

Ettling is married to Dr. Jennifer Tarlin Ettling, executive director of the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra and they have two daughters, Sarah, 26 and Rachel, 21.

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