SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley has promoted Dr. Lorrie Clemo to interim provost and vice president for academic affairs.
Clemo, who started at the college 18 years ago as an assistant professor of political science and served most recently as the president’s chief of staff, replaces Dr. Susan Coultrap-McQuin, provost from July 2004 until she stepped down this month to take a scholarly leave. Stanley said Coultrap-McQuin would return as deputy to the president for special projects.
Stanley had words of praise for both administrator/scholars. Of Clemo, she said:
“Since 2006 when she joined our college’s leadership team, I have been particularly impressed with Dr. Clemo’s passion for public higher education, her grasp of the trends in education, and her ability to inspire and empower others. Dr. Clemo was instrumental in crafting our current strategic plan, ‘Engaging Challenge: The Sesquicentennial Plan,’
and has led development of the Global Laboratory network for our Possibility Scholarship program.”
Stanley said the college would begin a national search at a date to be determined for a permanent provost and vice president for academic affairs, the officer responsible for leadership in all academic programs.
Meanwhile, Clemo has gained experience managing in challenging times, the president said. “Dr. Clemo has worked with me and with Oswego’s vice presidents and deans to manage the challenging budget situation, spearhead the campus advocacy effort to help restore state support, and garner additional resources through new initiatives,” Stanley said.
Clemo said she believes in the quality of the college’s faculty, students and academic programs—and in her ability to propel the institution to an even brighter future.