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January 26, 2006

SUNY Board Names John B. Clark Interim President of Optometry

Albany – The State University of New York named Dr. John B. Clark interim president of the College of Optometry yesterday at its regularly scheduled Board meeting.

“I am delighted to support this appointment,” said Board Chairman Thomas F. Egan. “John Clark has proven his worth as a leader at the State University of New York time and time again, and I anticipate he will continue to build on his fine record as the interim president of the College of Optometry.”

“John Clark has demonstrated his effectiveness at two SUNY campuses and at System Administration,” said SUNY Chancellor John R. Ryan. “John’s inclusive and collaborative style of leadership and his passion for higher education have made him successful. I expect he will be able to work very well with the outstanding group of faculty, staff and students while he leads the College of Optometry.”

“I am very grateful to the Board of Trustees and to Chancellor Ryan for the opportunity to work with the wonderful students, faculty and staff of the College of Optometry,” said Clark. “Together we can continue to provide an outstanding professional education, excellent patient care to the greater New York metropolitan community and critical vision science research.”

Since Sept. 20, 2005, Clark has been serving as acting vice chancellor of enrollment and university life. He will step down from that position no later than February 1, 2006 upon appointment as interim president of the College of Optometry so that he can devote his full attention to the College.

The Board previously named Clark interim president of the State University College at Brockport on June 22, 2004 and interim president of the College at Plattsburgh May 20, 2003. In both instances he was a highly effective interim leader.

Prior to joining SUNY, Clark had a 17-year Wall Street career in public finance and municipal bond research specializing in health and higher education. He successfully completed financing for hospitals, nursing homes, outpatient clinics, life care centers and multi-hospital systems as well as colleges and universities both in New York and nationally.

Previously, Clark served in various capacities at the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, the New York City Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Alcoholism Services, the New York State Emergency Financial Control Board and the New York City Housing Authority.

A lifelong student, Clark earned his bachelor’s degree in history, cum laude, from Providence College in 1972. Thereafter he received a Master of Public Administration from John Jay College, CUNY in 1977; a Master of Arts in Economics from Fordham University in 1980; a Master of Arts in Philosophy from New York University in 1984, and a Doctor of Education degree from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2001.

Clark would serve as interim president of the College of Optometry until such time as the Board appoints his successor. He succeeds President Alden N. Haffner who has retired from the College.

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