Steven Poskanzer was named Carleton College’s 11th president on April 23, 2010.

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Carleton College names SUNY official its 11th president

  • Article by: CAROLYN MANN
  • Star Tribune
  • April 23, 2010 - 9:07 PM

Steven G. Poskanzer will be Carleton College's 11th president.

Poskanzer, 51, currently president at the State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz, will assume duties in Northfield Aug. 2. He replaces Robert A. Oden Jr., who announced his retirement in September.

"I am profoundly excited and equally humbled," Poskanzer said. "I love helping to take care of colleges, and this is a most precious gem of a college."

Poskanzer, a 1980 graduate of Princeton University, has a long history in higher education. After earning a law degree from Harvard University in 1983 and working in private practice, Poskanzer was chief of staff for the University of Chicago president for four years. For the past 12 years he has worked in the SUNY system, which includes 64 campuses.

During his time at SUNY-New Paltz, the institution has seen an increase in student retention rates and in the number of high-ranking full-time faculty members and students.

Poskanzer is hoping to have the same effect at Carleton, a private liberal arts college with about 2,000 students.

"I've worked at a variety of public and private colleges, but what seems special about Carleton is how it combines an unshakable commitment to excellence with a lack of pretentiousness and the willingness to look at the joy and fun of education," Poskanzer said.

Carolyn Mann is a University of Minnesota student on assignment for the Star Tribune.

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