Retiring SUNY Plattsburgh President Talks About His 15 Years Leading the Northern New York College

Jun 21, 2019

SUNY Plattsburgh President Dr. John Ettling is retiring at the end of the month after leading the college for 15 years.  During his tenure, the northernmost SUNY campus undertook its first $16 million capital campaign. A facilities master plan for campus improvements was created and the construction and rehabilitation of two academic buildings was completed. But he also faced challenges, especially in 2018 when racial incidents on campus led to student rallies and votes of no confidence against the administration.  As Dr. Ettling looks back at his time, he tells WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that he always wanted to be a college president.

“I love this place. This job has been, it was the fulfillment of a lifetime dream and it was the kind of school that I hoped I would have an opportunity to lead and I’ve had 15 good years here.  There were some days that weren’t as good as others but it’s been a good ride for 15 years.  I love this community and I love the campus.”

An extended interview with retiring SUNY Plattsburgh President Dr. John Ettling is available on the WAMC News Podcast.  His last day on the job is June 30th.