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April 9, 2004


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SUNY OSWEGO NAMES NEW PROVOST

    OSWEGO -- Dr. Susan M. Coultrap-McQuin will be the new provost and vice president for academic affairs at SUNY Oswego, President Deborah F. Stanley announced. Currently the dean of social and behavioral sciences at Minnesota State University, Mankato, Coultrap-McQuin will assume her position at Oswego in July.

    "Dr. Coultrap-McQuin brings extensive administrative experience and scholarly achievement to this important leadership role on our campus," Stanley said. "I am delighted today to announce that she will be joining Oswego's administrative team as our chief academic officer."

    The provost at Oswego oversees all the instructional and academic programs of the college, including the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Education, facilities such as Penfield Library, and administrative offices such as the Registrar's Office and Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.

    As a professor of women's studies and humanities at the University of Minnesota at Duluth, Coultrap-McQuin received an outstanding faculty award from the Student Association. She rose to serve progressively as a program director, department head, institute coordinator, study abroad director and acting associate dean at Duluth before becoming dean at Mankato. She has twice served as acting vice president of academic affairs at Mankato.

    She is the author of numerous scholarly publications and presentations. Her book "Doing Literary Business" on women writers and their publishers won an "outstanding academic book" award from Choice magazine in 1992. She earned her doctorate in American studies from the University of Iowa. Her bachelor's degree in English and French is from Iowa State University. She served in the Peace Corps in the Philippines.

    "I am looking forward to the opportunity to work for this outstanding university," Coultrap-McQuin said. "When I interviewed for this position I was extremely impressed by the commitments of the faculty, staff, and administration to providing the highest quality learning opportunities for all students. We will achieve much together."

    Among her many accomplishments at Mankato, she led a variety of university projects including development of the first university technology plan and the most recent enrollment management plan, and she actively participated in the university's recently concluded $38 million fund-raising campaign. During her nine years as dean, she improved recruitment and retention of faculty and increased faculty diversity; increased support for faculty research and scholarship; and promoted active and applied learning, service learning, internships, study abroad and research opportunities for students.

    Coultrap-McQuin serves on the national board of directors of the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences and is a consultant evaluator for the North Central Association, the accrediting body for all colleges and universities in the north central states. She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi and was president of its Mankato chapter.

    SUNY Oswego began a nationwide search to fill the position a year ago with the departure of Dr. John W. Presley. More than 100 academics from around the nation applied for the position.

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