Former SUNY Canton chief of staff returns as provost and vice-president
Monday, May 16, 2011 - 9:12 am

CANTON -- SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy’s former chief of staff has been selected as the college’s new provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Carli C. Schiffner of Yakima, Washington, will begin her full-time appointment in July.

“Both Carli’s prior work with our campus community as well as the leadership experience she’s gained through her current position at Yakima Valley Community College will serve her well in this high-demand role,” Kennedy said.

Kennedy pointed to the growth in four-year and other programs at the Canton campus in recent years, including its online and international offerings, as requiring the attention of the new provost.

Schiffner was Yakima Valley Community College Dean of Arts and Sciences after leaving SUNY Canton in August 2007.

“I have been fortunate to have spent the past four years at a large urban community college where I have gained invaluable experience working on access and student success initiatives and am excited to take what I’ve learned into my new role as SUNY Canton’s Provost,” Schiffner said. “

Schiffner came to SUNY Canton in 2003 as an assistant professor in the History department. In May 2005, she assumed the role as chief of staff for Kennedy but also maintained her faculty position. She continued to work as a faculty leader in the areas of distance learning, institutional strategic planning, curriculum development, and accreditation.

While at SUNY Canton, Schiffner created the U.S. Women’s History course and worked in the local archives to transcribe women’s diaries with students. “I would like to continue in some capacity to be involved in the local history of the North Country,” she said.

She is a member of the American Historical Association and has been a Humanities Washington Board of Trustees member since 2009. She is also an active parent volunteer at St. Joseph/Marquette Catholic School and a Daisy Troop Leader. While living in Canton, Schiffner was the secretary and archivist for the St. Lawrence County branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW). She also volunteered for Citizens Against Violent Acts (CAVA), a rape crisis center in Canton.

The position of SUNY Canton Provost was previously held by Linda D. Pellett, who assumed the role of Interim Provost in March 2010 and retired in December.