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June 28, 2006

SUNY Chancellor Names David Bowers Officer in Charge of the College of Optometry

Albany - State University of New York Chancellor John R. Ryan today appointed Mr. David Bowers, Vice President for Administration and Finance at the State University College of Optometry officer in charge of the campus while the search for a permanent president for the campus continues.

"Dave Bowers has earned the respect of the college community over the years with his thoughtful and efficient management style. He has successfully worked with a variety of campus constituencies, from Optometry's research scientists to the College Foundation Trustees, to the great benefit of the institution. He brings a unique, multifaceted understanding of the institution to his position as officer in charge," said Ryan.

Ryan made the appointment after the SUNY Board of Trustees voted to name Dr. John B. Clark Interim President of Alfred State College. Ryan's appointment of Bowers is effective July 1, 2006.

Bowers, a resident of Port Jefferson Station, NY, has been Vice President at the SUNY College of Optometry since 1988. Prior to joining the College, he served as the Associate Dean for Administration and Finance at the School of Medicine, Stony Brook University for nine years.

During his tenure at SUNY Optometry, he has overseen major capital construction projects, institutional finances and budget, and facility administration. He is a past President and Vice President of the SUNY Business Officers Association.

A graduate of the University of Virginia, School of Architecture, where he received a Master of City Planning Degree, Bowers also earned a Master of Business Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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