Petition for Dr. Stellar to be considered in UAlbany's search for President

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To all University at Albany students, faculty, administrators, staff, alumni, and supporters:

The State University of New York is currently searching for the 20th president of the University at Albany. However, upon accepting the interim president position after the unanticipated departure of former president Robert J. Jones, the highly qualified Dr. James R. Stellar, is not being considered in the search for UAlbany’s next president due to a SUNY policy prohibiting his candidacy.

Dr. Stellar joined the UAlbany community as Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost in February of 2015. Under the leadership of President Jones, Dr. Stellar has significantly contributed to the rapid and noteworthy advances UAlbany has made in the last few years including the:

  • Opening of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences and The College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity
  • Increase in UAlbany’s freshmen retention and graduation rates
  • Massive renovation of the University’s Campus Center
  • Increased attention and efforts toward diversity, equity, and inclusion

Dr. Stellar has the uncommon ability to balance the highly political nature of the presidential position with his inviting ear to the needs and feedback of the student body. The best way to ensure progression at the University is to engage all members of the UAlbany community; Dr. Stellar has the innate ability to do so. He gracefully dismantles the barrier between administrators and students by going to where students are—whether through visits to student offices, student government, or by supporting various student-run organizations. He also hosts and attends events where he can gain greater insight into their lives. He strongly desires to continually improve the student experience at the institution, and has shown his passion for students both on a community and individual level. He actively immerses himself into the UAlbany community by attending UAlbany’s sports games, and supports all aspects of academic life from the arts through the sciences. He is also adamant about celebrating students, faculty, and administrators for their hard work and contributions to UAlbany through various recognition ceremonies.

In addition to students, Dr. Stellar has earned the respect and support of faculty, staff, elected officials, and community leaders. As interim president, Dr. Stellar has proven that if he becomes the official president, he will not lose touch or abandon his relationship with UAlbany students and the overall community. Dr. Stellar will undoubtedly continue the execution of the incredible plans for the University at Albany he extensively helped create.

It is important to note that, in the past, at least one exception has been made regarding this policy within the SUNY system.

By signing this petition, you are contributing to the collective UAlbany voice of declaring that we want Dr. Stellar to serve as UAlbany’s 20th president!

We want only the stellar for UAlbany; Dr. Stellar has proven himself to be the ideal individual for president. Together, we can ensure the continued success and growth of UAlbany and the greater Albany community with this passionate and experienced individual. Please pass this petition along as we need as many supporters and signatures as we can possibly obtain. Thank you for your time!



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