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SUNY New Paltz Celebrates the Inauguration of President Donald P. Christian

Dr. Donald P. Christian

Today, the SUNY New Paltz community and SUNY officials will celebrate the inauguration of President Donald P. Christian, the eighth president in the college’s 184-year history. The celebration will include the inauguration ceremony and several other special events throughout the weekend.

SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher will preside over the Ceremony of Investiture, where Dr. Christian will be presented with the President’s chain. He will then deliver his inauguration speech focusing on the future of the college and its mission as a leading, liberal arts college, focused on teaching and learning, and a vital partner within the community.

Dr. Christian earned his B. S. in Wildlife Biology, and M. S. and Ph.D. in Zoology from Michigan State University.  He has held several positions in higher education including professor of Biology, associate dean and dean at colleges and universities throughout the country.  Since his arrival at New Paltz, Dr. Christian has served as a professor in the Biology Department, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Interim President.

A webcast of the ceremony will be held in Lecture Center 100 at SUNY New Paltz and is open to the public. For more information, click here.

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Written by Becky Schubmehl



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