/Deborah Stanley Gets Title of SUNY Oswego’s President Emeritus

Deborah Stanley Gets Title of SUNY Oswego’s President Emeritus

The honorary title recognizes the 45-year career (26 years as president)of retired SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley


ABOVE: Former Interim SUNY Chancellor Deborah F. Stanley is surrounded by SUNY board of trustees after she was honored and appointed president emeritus of SUNY Oswego at the trustees Dec. 13 meeting in Albany.


Her leadership has influenced and uplifted many sectors beyond education including economic, political and social.


The State University of New York (SUNY) board of trustees adopted a resolution at its Dec. 13 meeting, bestowing retired SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley with the honorary title of president emeritus.

After serving as interim president from 1995-1997, President Stanley was appointed the 10th president of SUNY Oswego in 1997. She has served as a remarkable leader and transformative president for the past 26 years.

Prior to becoming president, she taught and earned tenure in the school of business and served as the vice president for academic affairs and provost, making her service to the institution span over 44 years. She retired in December 2021, before serving as interim chancellor for SUNY over the past year.

SUNY Oswego Officer in Charge Mary C. Toale said, “President Stanley›s legacy is ingrained in the tapestry of SUNY Oswego. It is evident on campus, in the region, state and at the national level. It is also reflected in her strategic and thoughtful leadership as well as in her profound commitment to the power of education to transform lives. She led the university with passion and purpose, and her insight and vision laid a foundation for SUNY Oswego and future generations of Lakers to thrive well into the future. Recognition of President Stanley’s steadfast commitment to higher education as president emeritus is a befitting honor. We are proud to call President Stanley president emeritus of SUNY Oswego.”

James McMahon, SUNY Oswego College Council chairman added, “President Stanley has been an extraordinary and truly transformational leader for SUNY Oswego and its extended community. Her leadership has influenced and uplifted many sectors beyond education including economic, political and social. Receiving the distinction of president emeritus from the State University of New York board of trustees is a deserving capstone to her exceptional career and visionary, dynamic and highly impactful service to public higher education.”

Stanley’s Achievements Highlighted

Several accomplishments have been included in the memorandum indicating Deborah F. Stanley to the title of president emeritus, SUNY Oswego. Among these accomplishments are:

• President Stanley served successfully for 23 years in her role as president, two years as interim president, and one year as interim chancellor of the State University of New York, contributing a total of 25 years of her career to the success and reputation of SUNY Oswego, 26 overall to the SUNY System as a steadfast and transformative leader, and more than 45 years of her career in service to SUNY and higher education in total.

• President Stanley further transformed the student experience on campus by establishing the Presidential Scholarship Program for outstanding academic achievers, the Possibility Scholarship Program for disadvantaged students in the sciences, and the pioneering Oswego Guarantee that promises necessary classes will be available for students to complete a degree within four consecutive years, enhanced in 2013 with the graduation ROI.

• President Stanley led the creation of the School of Communication, Media, and the Arts and established the college’s original MBA program, alongside the creation of new, innovative, interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs instituted across the curriculum, while also launching the SUNY system›s first multiple-major co-op program and creating a WACE Merit Co-op Scholarship Program for SUNY Oswego students.

• President Stanley obtained the largest philanthropic gifts in SUNY Oswego’s history with a $5 million naming gift and a $7.5 million realized bequest, which was used to create the Marano Scholarship, now providing scholarships to 90 first-generation students per year, to further support deserving students’ access to SUNY Oswego, President Stanley launched and achieved SUNY Oswego’s Path Forward campaign from 2019-2020 to double the amount of need-based privately funded scholarships available annually from 220 to 440.

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