SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam receive national award for progress on sharing resources
Friday, July 26, 2013 - 2:45 pm

Mary K. Dolan, shared SUNY Potsdam/SUNY Canton assistant vice president for human resources, State University Vice Chancellor and CFO Brian G. Hutzley, Natalie L. Higley, shared vice president for administration, and Calvin L. Smith, shared director of environmental health and safety, posed for a photo at award ceremony.

The National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) has chosen SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam to receive the 2013 Innovation Award for their shared service achievements.

The two colleges “have realized significant administrative efficiencies and financial savings by sharing services and positions,” according to the statement announcing the award. Natalie L. Higley, the colleges’ shared vice president for administration, accepted the award at the NACUBO annual meeting in July.

“This is a major recognition for the team involved in the shared services between the two campuses, and without their tireless work and dedication, the achievements we have made would not have been possible. A heartfelt ‘thank you’ goes out to my fantastic team,” said Higley.

The two colleges are sharing services in areas such as purchasing, budgeting, accounts payable, travel and information technology. They also share a chief information officer, chief of police, assistant vice president for human resources, environmental health and safety director, veteran’s affairs officer, interlibrary loan specialist, upholsterer and other positions.

“We could not be prouder of all the staff involved who worked so hard to make this an award-winning program,” said SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman.

“This national award is a fitting recognition of the innovative collaboration that has taken place between SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton in sharing resources, personnel and expertise,” said SUNY Potsdam Interim President Dennis L. Hefner.

To ensure continued success of the program for the next several years, the two presidents recently signed a memorandum of understanding that outlines a mechanism for reviewing future shared services proposals, with measurable indicators of success.