College Administrator Resigns

Sep 10, 2015

Credit WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Plagued by staff cutbacks and a dropoff in admissions, Albany's College of St. Rose has accepted the resignation of a high-level administrator.

Dr. Hadi Salavitabar, who was second-in-command at the college, has left his post as vice president for academic affairs and provost, a position he held since 2013. He was responsible for the quality of St. Rose's academic programs, and as recently as May shared his ambitious agenda for the college's international student recruitment with WAMC.

"In fall of 2013 we had about almost 80 international students on campus. Right now we have over 200. We hope to get at some point in the future about 10 percent of our campus being international students."

No word on the current status of that goal. Meantime, college president Carolyn Stefanco is pushing to select an experienced interim provost. St. Rose is facing a $9 million funding shortfall.