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December 15, 2005

State University of New York College of Optometry President to Retire

New York City – The president of SUNY Optometry, Dr. Alden N. Haffner, founding president of the college, today has announced that he will retire effective December 31, 2005, after a long and distinguished career.

Haffner holds an A.B. degree from Brooklyn College, an O.D. from Pennsylvania College of Optometry, and M.P.A. and Ph.D. degrees from New York University.

He is a former president of the New York State Optometric Association and has served on a number of American Optometric Association initiatives.  In recent years he has served as an advisor to the federal Veterans Administration.

From 1978-88, Haffner was vice chancellor for research, graduate studies and professional programs for SUNY, responsible for medical and other health-related colleges and programs.

Haffner is a past recipient of the Troy R. Westmeyer Distinguished Alumni Award of the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service; the Haven Emerson Award from the New York City Public Health Association and the Derrick Vail award.

Dr. John B. Clark will continue his role as officer in charge of the campus.  Clark previously served as interim president of SUNY Brockport and SUNY Plattsburgh.