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Robert Garrow, College Council Chair to Step Down Feb. 29

PLATTSBURGH, NY __ Robert Garrow, chair of the College Council at Plattsburgh State University of New York, announced today his resignation as chair effective Feb. 29.

College Council Chair Robert Garrow (right) is presnted with a certificate of honor from Vice Chair Arnold Amell and Interim President John Clark (left). Garrow, who was first appointed chair of the council in June 1986, told those present at the meeting of the College Council that it was not an easy decision.
"The opportunity of serving my alma mater for nearly 18 years has been a joy and wonderful experience," said Garrow. "I've been most fortunate to served with many college council members who, like myself, have a deep love for the college."

Garrow graduated from Plattsburgh State in 1952 with a bachelor's degree in education. He also received his master's degree in education administration in 1959 from Plattsburgh.

During his college career, Garrow was an outstanding performer and leader in baseball, basketball and soccer. In 1984, he was inducted into the Cardinal Sports Hall of Fame as a charter member.

Dr. John Clark, interim president of Plattsburgh State, said Garrow has served his alma mater with distinction. "He is a true friend of the College and has been a proud spokesperson on behalf of Plattsburgh State. I want to personally thank him for the friendship and guidance he has provided me during my time here. I also want to thank him on behalf of Plattsburgh State for his leadership during some important challenges this college has faced during his tenure as chair of the college council."

Garrow  said the college administration, faculty, staff and students have been very supportive of him throughout the years. He said, "I especially want to thank Dr. Clark for his leadership since his arrival on campus last June."

During Garrow's nearly 18 years as chair, he has participated in the search and selection process for three presidents including Dr. Charles Warren, Dr. Horace Judson and President-Elect John Ettling.

He said he was pleased with the cooperative effort of every member of the recent presidential search committee. He said that the Chancellor's choice for the next president at Plattsburgh State should prove rewarding to the college, the greater Plattsburgh community and especially the students.

"I want to wish Dr. Ettling my sincere best," said Garrow. "I know that with his leadership and with our administration, faculty, staff and student body, we will continue to meet the changing needs of the students as they prepare for careers in our shrinking world."

Robert King, chancellor of the State University of New York, praised Garrow for his service on the College Council.

"Bob Garrow has chaired the College Council at Plattsburgh State with great distinction," said King. "His leadership of the College Council and the search committee for a new president is perhaps his most important and significant contribution to the College. Bob and the search committee did extraordinary work, and the campus will benefit for years to come thanks to his efforts and the efforts of the entire committee. I want to thank him for volunteering his service to Plattsburgh State and look forward to his continued support of the State University of New York and his alma mater."

Some of Garrow's most fond memories as chair of the College Council include naming the Ice Arena in honor of New York State Senator Ronald B. Stafford and the Angell College Center Ballrooms in honor of (former College President) Charles and Nancy Warren; the creation and dedication of the "Chip" Cummings Baseball Field; and the renovation project to Hawkins Hall.

"I took all my classes in Hawkins Hall as a student here," said Garrow. "So, I was pleased to see this project completed during my tenure."

He said his plans will include continued attendance at Plattsburgh State events. He also wishes the College the very best in the future.

Until the appointment of a new chair to replace Garrow is announced by Governor George Pataki, Arnold Amell, the vice chair and a 1953 alumnus of Plattsburgh State, will serve as acting chair of the College Council.

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