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For Immediate Release
March 22, 2018

Statement from UUP President Frederick E. Kowal on the resignation of SUNY ESF President Quentin D. Wheeler

“UUP welcomes the decision by SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry President Quentin D. Wheeler to resign, effective June 30.

“As the union that represents SUNY ESF faculty and staff, we believe Dr. Wheeler’s departure is an important step toward improving morale and restoring calm at this fine school.

“Faculty, staff and students made their discontent with Dr. Wheeler known, and their strong, collective voice was heard. They spoke with their words and through a recent UUP ballot, where 85 percent of our members said that Dr. Wheeler’s contract should not be renewed.

“SUNY’s leadership now faces some important decisions regarding the appointment of an interim president at SUNY ESF. We are hopeful that all stakeholders—faculty, staff and students—will be part of this decision to ensure that SUNY ESF’s interim leader will be someone who has distance from the turmoil of the current administration.”

UUP is the nation's largest higher education union, with more than 42,000 academic and professional faculty and retirees. UUP members work at 29 New York state-operated campuses, including SUNY’s public teaching hospitals and health science centers in Brooklyn, Long Island and Syracuse. It is an affiliate of NYSUT, the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association, and the AFL-CIO.


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