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B o s i t S c r i p t Volume 40, Number 4 Forty Years of Fresh Air from the Adirondacks April 20, 1988 P S C W e l c o m e s P r e s i d e n t C h a m b e r l a i n D r . M i l l e r S t e p s D o w n D i s a g r e e m e n t w i t h P S C B o a r d P r o m p t s R e s i g n a t i o n “It’s important how changes are made. People must feel that they are part of the change . . . ” After PSC’s lengthy search for a new president, Donald 0. Benjamin, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, has finally had the privilege of announc­ ing good news. Dr. H. David Chamberlain, formerly a Dean of Agriculture, Life Sciences, and Public Service at Canton Agriculture and Technical College, was nam­ ed the sixth president of Paul Smith’s College of Arts and Sciences. His appointment was announced by former president Dr. Harry K. Miller, Jr., in a press con­ ference held on March 2,1988. Dr. Chamberlain plans to facilitate changes involving not only the buildings, but the equipment, the landscape, and the campus facilities in general. Due to the increasing enrollment, new or renovated dorms may become necessary by the fall of 1989. “You have to learn and listen. That’s what I’ve tried to do over my interim period . . . ” “You have to learn and listen. That’s what I’ve tried to do over my interim period,” said Dr. Chamberlain, speaking about how he planned to bring about the changes. “It’s important how changes are made. Peo­ ple must feel that they are a part of the change.” In con­ junction with this sentiment rests one of Dr. Chamberlain’s main priorities. Our new president is especially concerned with the enhancement of effective communications, along with teamwork and cooperation fostered by a firm decision­ making framework. Another important aspect of President Chamberlain’s policy is to develop a close working relationship with the new Adirondack Park Visitor Interpretive Center. This is especially important because of its proximity to the college and the public awareness of PSC that the Interpretive Center will generate. One of the many long-term challenges that Dr. Chamberlain must face is the continued revitalization of PSC’s enrollment. Applica­ tions for the 1988-89 school year are approximately 30% above the 747 students enroll­ ed in 1987, but this still leaves room for improvement. In the 1970’s the Paul Smith’s enroll­ ment consistently broke the 1000 mark. Although the school relies mainly on tuition for its revenues, the school is basically healthy. “The 90’s will be a time of focusing on the classroom. The students need to learn how to live a life as weii as how to make a living. It’s im­ portant to teach values. They last forever,” claims Dr. Chamberlain. “An infusion of academic resources is needed on this campus. It needs to be well equipped,” said Chamberlain. He also ex­ pressed his interest in creating office space for the Humanities Department. “ The foresters have the woods and the hospitality students have the Hotel Saranac but the Humanities Department doesn’t have a special facility.” The Baker House is being considered as one of the available options. “An infusion of academic resources is needed on this campus. It needs to be well-equipped . . .” President Chamberlain has held a number of positions at SUNY Canton since 1977. He also served in the office of the president, as coordinator of biology, and as a professor at Mohawk Valley Community College. Here he received the first statewide SUNY “Chancellor’s Award for Ex- (continued on 2) Due to “major differences with the board on several policy issues,” Dr. Miller resigned abruptly in late February. Miller had previously announced his plans to retire at the end of the current academic year. Mr. Donald Benjamin, chairman of the board, served as the acting president of the college until April 4, when PSC’s new president, H. David Chamberlain, assumed the post. Benjamin said, “ Harry Miller has been an effective leader for Paul Smith’s Col­ lege. He will certainly be missed as a friend and a col­ league.” Benjamin added that although Miller’s depar­ ture is a sudden one, it was decided mutually by the president and board that the move would be in the best in­ terest of the college. During his five-and-a-half- year tenure at Paul Smith’s College, Miller was in­ strumental in making numerous improvements to the institution. Among his most noted accomplishments, Dr. Miller helped in bringing the Adirondack Park Visitor Interpretive Center to Paul Smiths. He also was in­ strumental in attracting the Saranac Lake ALPO Interna­ tional Sled Dog Races, one of the most prestigious sled dog races in the country, to col­ lege lands. While president, Dr. Miller saw to it that substantial physical and financial im­ provements were made to the college-owned Hotel Saranac, and his efforts brought about the construction of a new residence hall for hospitality management students in Scranac Lake. Miller also established systems to upgrade faculty credentials as well as to pro­ vide for professional develop­ ment. With the completion of a new faculty handbook, the college had for the first time defined the responsibilities and standards for faculty. In addition, a comprehen­ sive lands management plan became a reality during Dr. Miller’s tenure. The plan delineates college lands into various categories, such as ones essential to educational needs; Thereby assuring the wise use of Paul Smith’s Col­ lege’s extensive land holdings. In addition to strengthening the college’s programs academically, the programs’ facilities were expanded and equipment upgraded during Miller’s presidency. These changes include the new col­ lege greenhouse, Currier Chef Training Lab, Statler Green Dining Room, sawmill, and pole barn. Paul Smith’s College’s (continued on 2)

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