State Senator Joseph Griffo of Rome and Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi of Utica Friday asked State University Chancellor Nancy Zimpher to replace Alain Kaloyeros with an interim president for SUNY Polytechnic Institute as quickly as possible.
The request follows the suspension of Kaloyeros as President and CEO of SUNY Poly Thursday, following his indictment on state and federal charges alleging bid rigging on state projects.
Griffo and Brindisi both serve on the Higher Education Committee in their respective houses of the state legislature, and represent the main Marcy campus of the SUNY Polytechnic Institute.
In their letter, they write, “In light of recent developments leading to your decision to suspend Dr. Alain Kaloyeros as President and CEO of SUNY Poly, we are respectfully requesting that an interim president be placed in charge of the SUNY Polytechnic Institute as quickly as possible.”
“While we understand your decision yesterday to place a team of administrators in charge of SUNY Poly, it is our strong belief that this should only be a very short-term solution. An interim president should be appointed to run the Institute as soon as possible, because it is our experience that managing an institution through a team would not be the best approach. We fear that having this system run by a team of administrators could be a setback for the progress SUNY Poly has made in becoming one of the country’s best technology-oriented academic institutions, and could hurt the image and reputation of this excellent school and its programs,” the letter adds.
“It is extremely important that the primary mission of the SUNY Polytechnic Institute—the education of students—continue unimpeded. The thousands of students, faculty and employees who are a part of the system need to be assured that the educational programs there and the very laudable goals of this academic institute continue being met,” the pair continued.
“This would be an ideal time to review the costs and structure of the SUNY Polytechnic Institute. We believe it would be appropriate to consider having the administrator of the system at the main Marcy campus, which is where most of the students are,” the letter also stated.
“We would suggest a search committee be formed, comprised of individuals from academia and the private sector, to find finalists who are the best qualified people to continue advancing SUNY Poly’s mission as its permanent president.
We are confident, as you indicated in your statement yesterday, that the criminal case involving Dr. Kaloyeros will not detract from the excellent academic programs, workforce development, and research programs ongoing at SUNY Poly. But we do believe that this mission is best served by appointing a new President as expeditiously as possible to continue the very significant achievements this excellent university has already made..