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Dr. John Anderson Named Officer-in-Charge at Alfred State


As Alfred State continues to search for a permanent president to replace the recently retired Dr. Skip Sullivan, the college is happy to announce that Dr. John Anderson has been appointed officer-in-charge by SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras. The appointment is effective as of Monday, May 10. 

Sullivan had served as the 12th president of Alfred State College since January 2014. In October 2020, he announced to campus that he will retire at the end of the academic year, giving the campus time to start transitioning for new leadership.  President Sullivan guided the campus through the worst of the COVID pandemic, which has made for a difficult time for everyone, but in particular students. Dr. Sullivan has accepted an online teaching position as a full-time faculty member in Alfred State’s Social and Behavioral Sciences Department and will join the faculty in the spring of 2022.

Anderson, who has agreed to come out of retirement for this special assignment, is no stranger to Alfred State, having served as the college president from 2008 to 2013. As such, he has a wealth of knowledge and is best qualified to transition the college in preparation for new leadership. He also served as president of Millersville University in Millersville, PA from 2013 to 2018.

Alfred State Chief of Staff Wendy Dresser-Recktenwald said of Anderson, “He is a visionary leader, bringing with him the depth of experience necessary to lead the campus forward while our search for the next president is finalized. We believe that his past service to SUNY with distinction and continued close relationships with the campus is what Alfred State needs at this time.”

An experienced leader, Dr. Anderson’s career in education began at Alfred State College where he served in a number of leadership capacities and faculty positions for over 25 years. Anderson is also a product of the SUNY family, holding a Doctorate in Education from Cornell University, a Master of Arts in physics from SUNY Geneseo, a Bachelor of Science in physics from SUNY Brockport, as well as an Associate of Science from Westchester Community College.

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