There will be a new face at SUNY Fredonia in the new year. Stephen Schillo, vice president of administration and finance, will be leaving the college.
It was announced by SUNY Fredonia President Virginia Horvath that Schillo will resign for personal reasons in January. Horvath called Schillo a "great member" of the campus community for the 12 months he has spent on campus.
"I'm very sad to see you go. You have been a great member of this team and in the year you've been here, you have contributed a lot to our processess and our perspectives and given us good direction to go forward," Horvath said.
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Vice President of Administra-tion and Finance Stephen Schillo will be resigning in January.
College Council Chair Frank Pagano expressed his gratitude for Schillo over the past year. Schillo came to SUNY Fredonia last November to fill the vacant position.
"We've had many meetings and lunches ... Steve has really done an outstanding job over there," he said. "On behalf of the board, we wish you all the best. I thank you for your service."
Karen Porpiglia will serve as interim vice president starting Feb. 1. She previously served in that role before Schillo came to SUNY Fredonia. A search committee will be working on finding a new vice president to coincide with the start of the new budget year on July 1. Schillo said he has "mixed feelings" about leaving Fredonia.
"Thank you for your kind words. I will assure you that my impression of what I have learned from finance and administration is the directors and the managers within the division they are professional and they are self starters," said Schillo. "The division will run fine. Karen (Porpiglia) is very well qualified to do what she does. I'm not worried in the least about it. I'll miss the work. I'll miss the routine."
Schillo talked about some of the initiatives the department is currently working on including utilizing the College Lodge, which is owned by the Faculty Student Association. The lodge is currently in the process of a biological survey to figure out what living species are based on the site.
"Every season of the year there are people tromping around the woods up there inventorying the ... plants and the animals. A year from next fall, we will have a full report on the biological inventory, if you will, the plants and animals that are on the roughly 200-acre parcel up there. From that we'll develop a plan on how to use that property in the future. It's pretty neat that the survey is being done," Schillo said.
Schillo also spoke of a software program the college is using for training purposes. The college took a software product and customized it for its needs. The faculty were given modules through this program for required state trainings, including safety trainings. Faculty are able to use the modules to complete the training on their own time.
He also gave an update on the campus' budget saying the budget is on track for the fiscal year. He said a five-year forecast is being compiled which will include only one more year of a modest increase in tuition and flat state funding.
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